blue blood


Definition of blue blood

1 \ ˈblü-​ˈbləd \ : membership in a noble or socially prominent family
2 \ -​ˌbləd \ : a member of a noble or socially prominent family

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Other Words from blue blood

blue-blooded \ ˈblü-​ˈblə-​dəd \ adjective

Examples of blue blood in a Sentence

a woman of blue blood This is where the city's blue bloods like to gather.

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Jacksonville could prove its first-class status by defeating an AFC blue blood, while Pittsburgh is still considered the team most likely to throw the playoffs into true mayhem by upsetting New England next week . . . Jacob Feldman,, "Revisiting Jaguars 30, Steelers 9 Before the Rematch," 10 Jan. 2018 Punishments for Kansas would have to be mirrored across the country, from blue bloods to mid-majors to one-bid leagues, and would irrevocably harm the NCAA's biggest cash cow, which is the men's basketball tournament. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 No matter how much blue blood flows through your veins, no one, no one, is throwing out a multi-moniker like that in casual conversation. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cath, Wombat, and Cabbage: The Nicknames of the British Royal Family," 16 Aug. 2018 As Ivanka and Jared Kushner waved at the cameras like blue bloods during the opening of the hotly contested U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Defense Forces were shooting scores of unarmed protesters on the Gaza border 60 miles away. Lorraine Ali,, "The royal wedding: Fairy tale or 'Game of Thrones'?," 17 May 2018 Dunnigan’s blue blood and his cooperation with authorities apparently was a get-out-of-jail free card, because he was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter and, incredibly, sentenced to just seven years’ probation. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF bad guys get away in a car. In 1915, that was big news," 2 Mar. 2018 Three of these teams are blue bloods, and the one that isn’t finished second in the Big 12, which put three of its 10 teams in the Elite Eight. Andy Staples,, "Elite Eight Preview: Will Loyola-Chicago's Run Continue? Who Has the Edge in Duke-Kansas?," 24 Mar. 2018 And after the chaos of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, the Sweet 16 is typically when the blue bloods — and best players — reassert themselves. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Kentucky is overwhelming favorite for Final Four despite John Calipari's mind games," 21 Mar. 2018 What exactly is a ‘super blue blood moon?’ This rare celestial event is made up of three coinciding occurrences. Stephanie Petit,, "How to See the 'Super Blue Blood Moon,' Appearing This Week for First Time in Over 150 Years," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of blue blood

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blue blood

: membership in a royal or socially important family

: a member of a royal or socially important family

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