blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint \

Definition of blueprint

1 : a photographic print in white on a bright blue ground or blue on a white ground used especially for copying maps, mechanical drawings, and architects' plans
2 : something resembling a blueprint (as in serving as a model or providing guidance) especially : a detailed plan or program of action a blueprint for victory

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from blueprint

blueprint transitive verb

Examples of blueprint in a Sentence

a blueprint for reforming the public school system an ambitious young man with a remarkably detailed blueprint for becoming a millionaire by the age of 25

Recent Examples on the Web

The Plan reflects DaniLeigh's blueprint as an artist and as a person. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "DaniLeigh Took the Best Advice from Prince—to Be Herself as an Artist," 31 Jan. 2019 While super-heavy books or objects might not be the most secure on such shelves, all the lightweight paperwork, sketches, and blueprints work just fine. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "The Walls of This Home Office Are Devilishly Functional," 31 Jan. 2019 Flexible Design Slicer software is used to interpret digital blueprints that plot points in three-dimensional space. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 As the head of the start-up Defense Distributed, Wilson waged a years-long legal battle over the distribution of 3-D-printed gun blueprints. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson has been arrested in Taiwan," 21 Sep. 2018 Several dozen rebel lawmakers have discussed attempting to trigger a no-confidence vote in May in hope of replacing her with a strongly pro-Brexit politician such as former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a fierce critic of May's Brexit blueprint. Fox News, "Leading Brexit supporters deny plot to topple Theresa May," 12 Sep. 2018 State attorneys general across the country pushed for courts to block the release of the blueprints. German Lopez, Vox, "The battle to stop 3D-printed guns, explained," 1 Aug. 2018 There’s no blueprint that works for everyone, of course. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "7 Things You Secretly Need to Do Before You Get Divorced," 27 Nov. 2018 Yes, but this is a very particular thing, 3-D gun blueprints. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Lauren Goode returns for the final episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask," 3 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blueprint.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about blueprint

Statistics for blueprint

Last Updated

12 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for blueprint

The first known use of blueprint was in 1857

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for blueprint



English Language Learners Definition of blueprint

: a photographic print that shows how something (such as a building) will be made
: a detailed plan of how to do something


blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint \

Kids Definition of blueprint

1 : a photographic print made with white lines on a blue background and showing how something will be made
2 : a detailed plan of something to be done

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on blueprint

What made you want to look up blueprint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!