blue book

noun

Definition of blue book 

1 : a register especially of socially prominent persons

2 : a book of specialized information often published under government auspices

3 : a blue-covered booklet used for writing examinations

4 : 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

The guy who kept a slender blue book on his nightstand. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "Jan Cellucci keeps Paul Cellucci’s memory alive by fighting his killer, ALS," 14 July 2018 Helena’s best friend, Samantha, snatched a thin blue book, using it, for a time, to shield her face. New York Times, "‘Are We Going to Die Today?’ Inside a Parkland Classroom as Bullets Flew," 6 June 2018 Americans have applied for passports en masse this year—more than 21 million new little blue books were projected, says the State Department—and the number is expected to match that in 2018. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.S. Passport Changes Are Coming in 2018," 19 Dec. 2017 According to the department, the blue book doesn’t reflect programs already planned for a building, zoning changes, and whether a layout is appropriate for adding a separate school, among other issues. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Charter Schools Pressure Mayor de Blasio for More Space," 7 Aug. 2017 Most of us have been there: prepping our tickets and travel documentation for an upcoming flight, only to realize, with a sinking feeling of dread, that the little blue book is nowhere to be found. Katherine Lagrave, CNT, "Lost Passport? Here's What to Do," 25 Sep. 2017 In the end, Ari had unwittingly agreed to pay three times the blue book value of the truck over the lifetime of the contract. CBS News, "Embattled CFPB chief Richard Cordray vows to make sure "people are treated fairly"," 10 Sep. 2017 Donald Trump has no idea how terrifying a blue book and a Lexis password can be. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "The Lawyers Showed Up," 28 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of blue book

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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blue book

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blue book

: a report that is published by the government

: a thin booklet with a blue cover and empty pages that is often used for writing the answers to test questions in college

: a book that lists the current value of items (such as used cars)

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