blue book


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 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, "UC Sports Administration program helps high schools attract much-needed athletic funding," 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, "The far-right agenda of Trump’s most controversial aide," 25 Nov. 2019 His slim-fit navy suit, complete with a red pocket square, mirrors the red and blue book cover. Anna Beahm |, al, "Randall Woodfin’s first two years," 24 Nov. 2019 Trantham had to clean splotches of yellow paint from the back of his arms, white shirt and blue book bag. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Paintball fired from moving car hits advisory neighborhood commissioner," 25 June 2019 Within a few hours, me and my little navy blue book were reunited. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How to Take a Better Passport Photo—Then Survive Losing It in Shanghai," 1 Apr. 2019 The guy who kept a slender blue book on his nightstand. Thomas Farragher,, "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

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First Known Use of blue book

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Blue book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blue book

: a report that is published by the government
US : a thin booklet with a blue cover and empty pages that is often used for writing the answers to test questions in college
US : a book that lists the current value of items (such as used cars)

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