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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The prehistoric species is one some of them have only known through the blue blood used in Lonza's laboratories. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 The rare blue blood moon was combination of a supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Incredible images of the rare blue blood moon," 31 Jan. 2018 A decade from now, there could be more gains in the population if the biomedical industry embraces a synthetic substitute for the ancient creatures' unique blue blood. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 Point guard Zavier Simpson is not the offensive dynamo blue blood programs salivated over during recruiting periods out of high school. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Why this season has been John Beilein's best coaching job at Michigan," 26 Mar. 2018 The blue bloods located in comparably rich recruiting pools have far greater competition for players. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "USC football: Recruiting advantages like no other program, anywhere," 5 June 2019 The list of national title favorites is full of the sport’s blue bloods. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "College baseball takes field for new season: So, who will be this year’s Davidson?," 15 Feb. 2018 The students, raffish blue bloods, wear a uniform of chic navy with scarlet piping. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Elite Is Your New Trashy Euro Teen Soap Obsession," 2 Oct. 2018 The contest pits Najib, a political blue blood, against his former political mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, prime minister for 22 years until 2003 and credited with modernizing Malaysia. Washington Post, "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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