blue book


: a register especially of socially prominent persons
: a book of specialized information often published under government auspices
: a blue-covered booklet used for writing examinations
: a periodically issued price list (as of used cars)

Examples of blue book in a Sentence

The information is listed in the blue book.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the latest estimates, Americans could have their little blue books processed in less than a month. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Nov. 2023 By the end of the year, the government expects to issue a record-breaking number of passports, topping last year's whopping 22 million blue books issued. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Sep. 2023 Ronan Takizawa, a sophomore at Colorado College, has never heard of a blue book. Jocelyn Gecker,, 10 Aug. 2023 One man in a suit clutches a thick blue book containing New Hampshire’s election rules. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2021 The book is propped on a red bookrest, which chimes with the other colors: the green robes and grass, the lavender landscape, the golden sky, the blue book, the orange carpet. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The China Meteorological Administration has been carefully documenting the trends in an annual blue book that shows how China’s climate has changed to date, from sea level rise to extreme weather. Lili Pike, Science | AAAS, 12 Aug. 2021 Well, in lieu of the standard blue book or lengthy thesis, Kelley has had his students partner with local Cincinnati and some regional schools for something more meaningful than a grade. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 5 Oct. 2020 The Trump administration’s anti-immigration policy is a direct consequence of taking ‘Camp of the Saints’ as a blue book for governing. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue book was in 1633

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“Blue book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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