blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint How to pronounce blueprint (audio) \

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

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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 One-hundred-thousand blueprints have been downloaded so far, equivalent to at least one tenth of all 3D-printer owners worldwide. NBC News, "Knock-knock no more: Doors are being redesigned amid COVID-19," 17 May 2020 Judd’s open-plan kitchen and floor-to-ceiling shelving look like a developer’s blueprint today. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Minimized Life," 15 May 2020 According to multiple reports, commissioner Rob Manfred will present a blueprint for the season’s resumption during a Monday conference call with league owners. Chandler Rome,, "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to unveil blueprint for season Monday," 10 May 2020 But more than most years, that blueprint could need substantial revisions. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus plunges California into worst budget deficit in state history," 7 May 2020 The school’s leadership team also put together a thorough blueprint detailing processes and expectations for students and staff while distance learning is the norm, something teachers and parents say has eased the transition. Emily Richmond, The Atlantic, "Shop Class, Over Zoom," 2 May 2020 Last week the company shared with members a blueprint for maintaining safety at its locations. Will Knight, Wired, "The Cubicle Is Back. Blame (or Thank) the Coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 His new book Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A. (co-authored with Sunset executive editor Hugh Garvey) is a love letter to Los Angeles and a blueprint for eating healthfully and deliciously. Sunset Magazine, "From Tough Guy to Taquero, Danny Trejo Spills on His Journey to Becoming a Restaurateur," 16 Apr. 2020 Consider these idol skin-care routines as blueprints to follow for putting your own in order and figuring out what to add to your lineup. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Exact Nighttime Skin-Care Routines of 11 K-Pop Stars," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blueprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce blueprint (audio) \

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

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