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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blue-blooded \ˈblü-ˈblə-dəd \ 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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While Dan was going up against the Blue Devils, Bobby, the former Duke All-American told USA TODAY Sports that his own bloodline is thicker than blue blood. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Sixteen most memorable moments that have defined 2018 NCAA tournament," 20 Mar. 2018 The loser won’t ever get to San Antonio, but two college basketball blue bloods contested what sure looked like a national semifinal in Omaha. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "'An overtime classic.' What the national media said about KU's win over Duke | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 Monty DavisThe Kansas City Star North Carolina is home to two of the game's blue bloods: the Tar Heels and Duke. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Indianapolis mayor says 'Indiana is the center of the basketball universe' | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Newman was regarded as one of the top guard prospects in his recruiting class coming out of Callaway High in Jackson, Miss., but instead of choosing to play for a blue blood, Newman opted to stay close to home, at Mississippi State. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Malik Newman Scouting Report and Highlights," 16 June 2018 Then comes the knockout stage, where soccer's powers pump their pecs and the blue bloods almost always prevail. Ronald Blum,, "European and South American teams dominate World Cup Round of 16," 28 June 2018 Octopuses, lobsters and horseshoe crabs use hemocyanin, which means blue blood. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Green-Blooded Lizards Live With a Pigment That Should Kill Them," 20 May 2018 The first occurred on Jan. 31 and gave way for a super blue blood moon, when the full moon passed through the Earth’s shadow for a total lunar eclipse and gave off a reddish tint. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Longest lunar eclipse of the century coming up in July," 3 July 2018 The contest pits Najib, a political blue blood, against his former political mentor, Mahathir Mohammad, prime minister for 22 years until 2003 and credited with modernizing Malaysia. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "Malaysian election pits former leader against elite protege," 7 May 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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