noun, often capitalized
blue·​beard | \ ˈblü-ˌbird How to pronounce bluebeard (audio) \

Definition of bluebeard

: a man who marries and kills one wife after another

Examples of bluebeard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other fall bloomers: Pink and purple asters, salvia, lantana, Dark Knight bluebeard. Uyeta Landscape And Maintenance, The Seattle Times, 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of bluebeard

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bluebeard

Bluebeard, a fairy-tale character

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The first known use of bluebeard was in 1795

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“Bluebeard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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