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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The law requires the air board by Oct. 1 to develop a blueprint for further engaging with communities, building on the grant funding. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "$10 million in cap-and-trade dollars awarded for environmental justice programs, including to native tribe in San Diego," 11 July 2018 What emerged was a blueprint for the modern welfare state. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 The city of Miami paid $25,000 for the plan, which could prove to be the blueprint for how the city addresses the looming crisis of sea level rise: neighborhood by neighborhood. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 Kate was the blueprint for a young new-generation royal marrying in, and Meghan will certainly benefit from Kate’s experiences. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle's First Year as a Royal Will Compare with Kate Middleton’s," 27 June 2018 For starters, the Paris Fashion Week show's theme of Diversity will likely serve as the pinnacle and blueprint for any other high-tier designer stumped on just how to add the right kind of color to their collections., "At Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh Brings Diversity To Paris Fashion Week," 21 June 2018 The people who have the blueprints and are pulling the levers know what a championship team looks like. Kevin Acee,, "Analysis: Padres are slightly better, still building," 18 June 2018 There's no manual for any of this, few blueprints to follow, and little money for advertising – which may be why so much of the traffic keeps moving right on by. CBS News, "Roadside America: A tiny slice of Americana," 3 June 2018 Among them were blueprints and materials for two major Lockheed Martin projects: the F-22 Raptor, a stealth fighter plane commissioned by the Air Force, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched by nasa in 2005. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back," 30 Apr. 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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