blue chip

noun

1
a
: a stock issue of high investment quality that usually pertains to a substantial well-established company and enjoys public confidence in its worth and stability
also : a company that offers such stocks
b
: a business or undertaking with an outstanding record or likelihood of profitability
2
: one that is outstanding: such as
a
: an outstandingly worthwhile or valuable property or asset
b
: an athlete rated as excellent or as an excellent prospect
blue-chip adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Oregon added another blue chip prospect to its already top 10 recruiting class, beating out USC for four-star cornerback Rodrick Pleasant on national signing day. oregonlive, 1 Feb. 2023 Plano, which went undefeated in the regular season last year for the first time in program history, has a blue chip recruit in four-star forward Justin McBride, an Oklahoma State signee who averages 20-plus points and double-digit rebounds. Dallas News, 31 Jan. 2023 Investors in other big blue chip multinational firms, such as Apple (AAPL), Coca-Cola (KO), McDonald’s (MCD) and Microsoft (MSFT), will be paying close attention as well. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023 Braun, with his blue chip slate, can afford to be optimistic. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 18 Jan. 2023 Example: Donda Academy, founded by the the embattled musical artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, aimed to be the nation’s next up-and-coming private school and had recruited blue chip recruits from across the country. Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2022 Fresh off a revamp, the restaurant is now adorned with blue chip art by Richard Serra and Alex Katz. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 6 Jan. 2023 The Aggies have another blue chip recruit headed to College Station. Dallas News, 2 Jan. 2023 Though there will be plenty of pomp and circumstance Wednesday when Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Notre Dame ink their blue chip classes, the prevalence of transfers has made roster-building a year-round activity. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue chip was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Blue chip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20chip. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

blue chip

noun
: a stock issue that has a high value because of public faith in its worth and stability
also : a company that issues such stock

Legal Definition

blue chip

noun
: a stock issue of high investment quality that usually pertains to a substantial well-established company and enjoys public confidence in its worth and stability
blue-chip adjective

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