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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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

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The Real World, which first premiered in 1992 and laid the blueprint for much of today's reality TV landscape, has never been much like the actual real world. Elena Nicolaou,, "Meet The Cast Of The Most Modern Real World Yet," 15 June 2019 Instead of a muffuletta, Café Cour has a muffulettu, a Sicilian sandwich with tuna, anchovies and pecorino cheese that provided the blueprint for our local, hubcap-sized favorite., "Café Cour, at the Historic New Orleans Collection, celebrates city’s past," 13 June 2019 While fashion is still so white, Black creatives will continue to create the blueprint for innovative style that shapes culture. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Black Designers Didn’t Take Home Any CFDA Awards," 5 June 2019 Though this one sneaker is probably not a big deal to a $30 billion company that sells tens of thousands of products, these in-house brands are supposed to be the blueprint for Target’s future. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 This book is the blueprint for how to go from sales scrub to sales machine. Fox News, "Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine," 19 Sep. 2018 Durant was the next one to follow the new blueprint – Golden State Warriors allegiances be darned. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Team LeBron storms back to defeat Team Steph in revamped NBA All-Star Game," 18 Feb. 2018 The couple set the blueprint for their future working lives with a slew of changes that saw them break away from the Cambridges to create an office in Buckingham Palace and their own Instagram account @SussexRoyal. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019 Leaders of Sudan’s military and the protest movement that unseated dictator Omar al-Bashir agreed on a three-year blueprint for democratic rule, days after clashes between the two sides left at least four people dead. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Sudan Takes First Tentative Steps Toward Democratic Rule," 15 May 2019

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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 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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