blue blood


: membership in a noble or socially prominent family
: a member of a noble or socially prominent family
blue-blooded adjective

Example Sentences

a woman of blue blood This is where the city's blue bloods like to gather.
Recent Examples on the Web Considering blue blood programs like Alabama and Clemson are frequently in the hunt for a spot, TCU making the cut is an outstanding accomplishment. Dallas News, 29 Dec. 2022 Another conference commissioner was openly courting that blue blood with the intent of building a super conference. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 While Krzyzewski has built his program with blue chip recruits befitting a blue blood, Adams’ first team at Tech is only blue around the collar. Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2022 Kentucky isn't the only blue blood Lunardi projects will be in Dayton; North Carolina is in the same boat right now. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2023 Defeating Georgia, the most successful program of the last two seasons, would skyrocket TCU’s program into an elite category of blue blood schools. Dallas News, 2 Jan. 2023 Abe was a political blue blood who was groomed to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. Dallas News, 8 July 2022 Do you Clemson’s 2019 playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl established Clemson as a blue blood program in the CFP era that began five years prior? Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 16 Dec. 2022 Now, first-year coach Brent Venables is feeling the kind of spotlight generated by a blue blood falling short of expectations — and only a win or two or three will dim it. Dallas News, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue blood was in 1809

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Cite this Entry

“Blue blood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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