baby blue

noun

Definition of baby blue

1 : a pale blue
2 baby blues plural : blue eyes She's a zaftig woman, with long red hair and a pale rose complexion setting off those baby blues.— Michele Kort
3 baby blues plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a feeling of sadness that is experienced by a woman shortly after giving birth, that is typically accompanied by other symptoms (such as mood swings and loss of appetite), and that usually lasts less than two weeks Baby blues isn't an illness or even a proper psychiatric diagnosis, it is simply a way that people have tried to describe unpleasant feelings that occur shortly after having a baby and tend to resolve in a few days.— Jackie Ganley usually used with the a case of the baby blues

Examples of baby blue in a Sentence

She gazed into his baby blues. She had a bad case of the baby blues.

Recent Examples on the Web

The royal couple is holding their tot over a bed of forget-me-not flowers—and those baby blue flowers are not only gorgeous but also happened to be Princess Diana's favorite flower. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Mother's Day Photo of Archie Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 12 May 2019 Mendes glowed in a sunny yellow feathered Prabal Gurung dress (complete with an exaggerated baby blue bow), and Melton matched her fly in his navy Sies Marjan suit, serving major blue steel. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Camila Mendes & Charles Melton Relationship Timeline You Deserve," 15 May 2019 Gigi Hadid celebrated her 24th year with a lemony-yellow manicure set off by psychedelic baby blue and hot pink accent nails thanks to artist Mei Kawajiri. Akili King, Vogue, "Ciara Goes Bare Faced, and More of the Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week," 28 Apr. 2019 Joe—who became engaged to Sophie in October 2017—also followed the laidback dress code in a two-tone denim jacket over a baby blue graphic tee, dark wash jeans, and white kicks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Is a Modern-Day Spice Girl for a Night Out with Joe Jonas," 30 Apr. 2019 In true pop star fashion, Rosalía took the stage in a baby blue latex skirt and cropped jacket, while Ian Isiah attended Kanye’s Sunday Service in a Carhartt outfit painted with different Whitney Houston portraits in memory of the late artist. Vogue, "From Luka Sabbat to Rosalía, Here’s the Best Style From Coachella’s Second Weekend," 22 Apr. 2019 The fifth in line for the throne smiles in his mother Kate Middleton's arms in the photos, sporting white and baby blue in the Clarence House gardens with the rest of his family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looked Exactly Like Prince Louis as a Baby," 14 Nov. 2018 The evidence came from a party thrown at Martin's house over the weekend, which included baby blue and pink balloons as decorations. Devon Ivie, Glamour, "Dakota Johnson Just Personally Responded to All Those Pregnancy Rumors," 11 Oct. 2018 In addition to classic indigo, black, white, and baby blue, there’s beige, rust, faded terra-cotta, olive, and bright cherry. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Designer’s Secret to Seriously Good Jeans? A Background in Mechanical Engineering," 20 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'baby blue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of baby blue

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about baby blue

Statistics for baby blue

Last Updated

5 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for baby blue

The first known use of baby blue was in 1859

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for baby blue

baby blue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baby blue

: a very light blue color
informal : blue eyes
informal : a feeling of sadness that a woman has after giving birth to a baby

More from Merriam-Webster on baby blue

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with baby blue

Comments on baby blue

What made you want to look up baby blue? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!