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.

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What, exactly, do swans have to do with Britain’s blue bloods? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Royal Family’s Oddest Tradition: Swan Upping," 17 July 2018 The first two woebegone blue bloods are Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and Diana, Princess of Wales, the late, sainted wife of Charles. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Duchess’ Review: How to Survive a Royal Romance," 17 May 2018 Other perennial basketball blue bloods Duke, Kansas and Kentucky sit right behind the Wildcats. Cheryl Wray,, "March Madness 2018: What are odds for Sweet 16 teams to win NCAA tournament?," 22 Mar. 2018 Friday’s sentencing is the latest chapter in the downfall of a South Korean blue blood. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Disgraced former South Korean president gets 24 years in prison on corruption charges," 6 Apr. 2018 Villanova bombed its way past a blue blood to get there. Creg Stephenson,, "Michigan vs. Villanova live stream, live score updates; March Madness 2018," 2 Apr. 2018 Jacksonville could prove its first-class status by defeating an AFC blue blood, while Pittsburgh is still considered the team most likely to throw the playoffs into true mayhem by upsetting New England next week . . . Jacob Feldman,, "Revisiting Jaguars 30, Steelers 9 Before the Rematch," 10 Jan. 2018 Punishments for Kansas would have to be mirrored across the country, from blue bloods to mid-majors to one-bid leagues, and would irrevocably harm the NCAA's biggest cash cow, which is the men's basketball tournament. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 No matter how much blue blood flows through your veins, no one, no one, is throwing out a multi-moniker like that in casual conversation. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cath, Wombat, and Cabbage: The Nicknames of the British Royal Family," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of blue blood

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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