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

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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

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Like Virgil, Serena's tennis career has also provided a blueprint for young black girls to model their career off of, one that Serena believes can be applied to any young person looking to dominate any industry. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams and Virgil Abloh Collaborate on a New Nike 'Queen' Collection," 23 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, Siegien also praised his older brother, Jan Siegien, for teaching him the importance of working hard and providing a blueprint to move on to the next level. Bob Narang,, "Brian Johnson, Frank Siegien prepare to lead Glenbrook North as seniors," 9 July 2018 The findings of the study can and should provide a blueprint for everyone – the public, the medical profession and government agencies – to achieve this vitally important money-saving and health-saving goal. Jane E. Brody, charlotteobserver, "How to increase your chances of having a long, healthy life," 12 June 2018 In the weeks following the March and April vulnerability disclosures came independently released proof-of-concept exploits that provided a blueprint for malicious hackers to use. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Three months later, a mass exploit of powerful Web servers continues," 7 June 2018 Tanki hints that these events will provide a blueprint as CMT moves more into the experiential space beyond Nashville starting next year. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "CMT Expands Nashville Footprint With Summer of Music Festival," 4 June 2018 The findings of the study can and should provide a blueprint for everyone — the public, the medical profession and government agencies — to achieve this vitally important money-saving and health-saving goal. New York Times, "How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Long, Healthy Life," 4 June 2018 Enyia and her five siblings were expected to pitch in, too: The candidate recalls staying up late to type her father’s book, a blueprint for Nigerian democracy. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Meet Amara Enyia, the Chicago Mayor Candidate People Can't Stop Talking About," 24 Oct. 2018 While Kearse gives us a blueprint for ethical consumption of the work of artists who cause such harm, Cleage suggests there can be none. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "On Mourning, Learning a More Sober Fandom, and Letting Go," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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