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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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 As Ivanka and Jared Kushner waved at the cameras like blue bloods during the opening of the hotly contested U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Defense Forces were shooting scores of unarmed protesters on the Gaza border 60 miles away. Lorraine Ali,, "The royal wedding: Fairy tale or 'Game of Thrones'?," 17 May 2018 Dunnigan’s blue blood and his cooperation with authorities apparently was a get-out-of-jail free card, because he was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter and, incredibly, sentenced to just seven years’ probation. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF bad guys get away in a car. In 1915, that was big news," 2 Mar. 2018 Three of these teams are blue bloods, and the one that isn’t finished second in the Big 12, which put three of its 10 teams in the Elite Eight. Andy Staples,, "Elite Eight Preview: Will Loyola-Chicago's Run Continue? Who Has the Edge in Duke-Kansas?," 24 Mar. 2018 And after the chaos of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, the Sweet 16 is typically when the blue bloods — and best players — reassert themselves. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Kentucky is overwhelming favorite for Final Four despite John Calipari's mind games," 21 Mar. 2018 What exactly is a ‘super blue blood moon?’ This rare celestial event is made up of three coinciding occurrences. Stephanie Petit,, "How to See the 'Super Blue Blood Moon,' Appearing This Week for First Time in Over 150 Years," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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