blue blood


Definition of blue blood

1 \ ˈblü-​ˈbləd \ : membership in a noble or socially prominent family
2 \ -​ˌbləd \ : a member of a noble or socially prominent family

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Other Words from blue blood

blue-blooded \ ˈblü-​ˈblə-​dəd How to pronounce blue-blooded (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blue blood in a Sentence

a woman of blue blood This is where the city's blue bloods like to gather.
Recent Examples on the Web If there is any question about USC’s blue blood status — not today, not this month, but over the sweep of college football’s life on the planet— let that doubt end here. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: ESPN ranks the greatest teams, USC’s clear choice for AD, Arizona’s night game load, Bay Area injuries and more," 11 Sep. 2019 Both conference blue bloods won their debuts last Saturday, but lost their starting quarterbacks — a potentially devastating blow in such a closely contested conference picture. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC and Stanford dealing with quarterback issues heading into Pac-12 showdown," 6 Sep. 2019 This was college basketball at its best, two blue bloods trading blows for 45 minutes in what was arguably the best game of March so far, one that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties. Luke Meredith, Houston Chronicle, "Kansas edges Duke in overtime thriller for last Final Four spot," 25 Mar. 2018 The prehistoric species is one some of them have only known through the blue blood used in Lonza's laboratories. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 The rare blue blood moon was combination of a supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Incredible images of the rare blue blood moon," 31 Jan. 2018 A decade from now, there could be more gains in the population if the biomedical industry embraces a synthetic substitute for the ancient creatures' unique blue blood. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 Point guard Zavier Simpson is not the offensive dynamo blue blood programs salivated over during recruiting periods out of high school. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Why this season has been John Beilein's best coaching job at Michigan," 26 Mar. 2018 The blue bloods located in comparably rich recruiting pools have far greater competition for players. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "USC football: Recruiting advantages like no other program, anywhere," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of blue blood

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blue blood was in 1809

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English Language Learners Definition of blue blood

: membership in a royal or socially important family
: a member of a royal or socially important family

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