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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web That image becomes foggier for those without royal-blue blood. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 The Wolverines haven't exactly looked like a blue blood so far this season, though their 11-point win over Tarleton State on Thanksgiving eve was validated slightly by the Texans' sprightly play against No. 1 Gonzaga in a single-digit loss. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2021 With 60-plus prospects on campus and an opportunity for Louisville football to knock off one of college football’s blue blood name brands, today could be a potential game changer for coach Scott Satterfield’s program. Gabriel Stovall, The Courier-Journal, 7 Nov. 2021 Like with Kiffin and Sarkisian, having someone who led a college blue blood or NFL team comes to the questions about philosophy. Michael Casagrande |, al, 25 Aug. 2021 The blue blood that may have looked the best Saturday was USC -- the Trojans invigorated by the firing of head coach Clay Helton last week. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 Jackson was a one-and-done freshman player at Kentucky last season, similar to Devin Booker from the blue blood college basketball prog following the 2014-15 season. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 11 Sep. 2021 Southington, a Class LL team, is one of the state’s blue blood programs. Shawn Mcfarland,, 9 Sep. 2021 Increasingly, success is defined by big games on big stages against blue blood opponents. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of blue blood

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2022

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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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