blue law


Definition of blue law

1 : one of numerous extremely rigorous laws designed to regulate morals and conduct in colonial New England
2 : a statute regulating work, commerce, and amusements on Sundays

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Mark Peikert, editor-in-chief of Playbill, points to the loosening of blue laws in the ’70s when businesses were finally allowed to open on Sundays. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Mondays Off Broadway: What Beetlejuice's Alex Brightman Does on His Day Off," 9 Sep. 2019 An effort to allow Sunday alcohol sales stalled for years, and a generation of rural politicians worried that easing Georgia’s strict blue laws would alienate religious voters. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "A watershed moment in the evolution of booze and GOP politics in Georgia," 5 Sep. 2017 On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that allows restaurants and bars to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, easing restrictions set by 80-year-old blue laws. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "New Yorkers Can Now Order a Drink on Sunday Morning," 9 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of blue law

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blue law

US : an old law that forbids people from doing certain things (such as working or selling alcohol) on Sundays

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Legal Definition of blue law

: a statute regulating work, commerce, and amusements on Sunday

Note: Existing blue laws derive from the numerous extremely rigorous laws designed to regulate morals and conduct that were enacted in colonial New England.

History and Etymology for blue law

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