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 blood (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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First Known Use of blue blood

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2021

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“Blue blood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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