1 of 2


: marked by unswerving loyalty (as to a party)
: genuine
a true-blue romantic

true blue

2 of 2


: a person who is true-blue

Examples of true-blue in a Sentence

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Simon, a true-blue auteur, of course refuses, but as the production drags on and more problems arise, he’s tempted to give in just to save his film from ruin, even if that could ruin his film. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The large window directly above the vanity provides plenty of natural light, helping the true-blue color stand out against the white walls, tile, and sink. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Wood played many characters who were true-blue reliable, and others who were high-strung and neurotic. Tim Gray, Variety, 20 July 2023 Lil Uzi Vert is one of the most ambitious rappers of their generation, a true-blue astral traveler who sees the form’s traditions as a matrix to warp in unexpected ways. Clayton Purdom, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2023 What began with a small community of digital artists and small studios has now burgeoned into an entire ecosystem of homegrown and international talent making some of the biggest and most innovative projects in the world, either as service studios or true-blue producers. Callum McLennan, Variety, 13 June 2023 But for true-blue fajita fans, that’s just the point. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2023 This is a true-blue house shoe: deeply uncomfortable and designed for short-distance travel. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 Morrow’s an outsider who wants to be an insider, paired with the far less capable but on message and true-blue Bannerman. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



from the association of blue with constancy

First Known Use


circa 1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of true-blue was circa 1636

Dictionary Entries Near true-blue

true bill


true blue

Cite this Entry

“True-blue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: very faithful

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