blue blood

noun

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 How to pronounce blue-blooded (audio) \ 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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The list of national title favorites is full of the sport’s blue bloods. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "College baseball takes field for new season: So, who will be this year’s Davidson?," 15 Feb. 2018 The students, raffish blue bloods, wear a uniform of chic navy with scarlet piping. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Elite Is Your New Trashy Euro Teen Soap Obsession," 2 Oct. 2018 The contest pits Najib, a political blue blood, against his former political mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, prime minister for 22 years until 2003 and credited with modernizing Malaysia. Washington Post, "Malaysian election pits former leader against elite protege," 7 May 2018 What, exactly, do swans have to do with Britain’s blue bloods? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Royal Family’s Oddest Tradition: Swan Upping," 17 July 2018 The first two woebegone blue bloods are Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and Diana, Princess of Wales, the late, sainted wife of Charles. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Duchess’ Review: How to Survive a Royal Romance," 17 May 2018 Other perennial basketball blue bloods Duke, Kansas and Kentucky sit right behind the Wildcats. Cheryl Wray, AL.com, "March Madness 2018: What are odds for Sweet 16 teams to win NCAA tournament?," 22 Mar. 2018 Friday’s sentencing is the latest chapter in the downfall of a South Korean blue blood. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Disgraced former South Korean president gets 24 years in prison on corruption charges," 6 Apr. 2018 Villanova bombed its way past a blue blood to get there. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "Michigan vs. Villanova live stream, live score updates; March Madness 2018," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of blue blood

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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blue blood

noun

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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