: darkly discolored from blood effused by bruising

Examples of black-and-blue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer, meanwhile, opted for a black-and-blue Oscar de la Renta gown that was inspired by an orchid. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 7 May 2024 This was not the only time the black-and-blue color combination made an appearance during this trip. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 2 Mar. 2024 Usher reemerged, somehow looking even better than before, decked out in a shimmering black-and-blue Off-White motorbike ensemble. Jason Lamphier, EW.com, 12 Feb. 2024 Louis also wore blue: a white-and-blue striped polo, little poppy-blue shorts, a black belt, and black-and-blue sneakers. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2023 The star walked the red carpet in a black-and-blue strapless gown by Lanvin. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 He was covered in black-and-blue bruises for the rest of the week. Andy O'Connor, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black-and-blue was in 1568

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“Black-and-blue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-and-blue. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: darkly discolored as the result of a bruise

Medical Definition


: darkly discolored from blood effused by bruising

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