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blue blood

[bloo bluhd for 1; bloo bluhd for 2] /ˈblu ˌblʌd for 1; ˈblu ˈblʌd for 2/
an aristocrat, noble, or member of a socially prominent family.
aristocratic, noble, or socially prominent lineage or relatives:
They boasted a lineage of pure blue blood.
Origin of blue blood
1825-35; translation of Spanish sangre azul. See sanguine, azure
Related forms
blue-blooded, adjective Unabridged
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  • We felt that there must be many degrees of blue blood in his veins.

  • I am not the less your child because of the blue blood, for she cannot love you better than I do.

  • It appears that we have blue blood too, Sylvia, and we must behave more like aristocrats.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • blue blood is getting thin and poor, and only money can thicken it.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • For all its blue blood, however, the family were what is known as land poor.

    Lafayette, We Come! Rupert S. Holland
  • Nothing, however, in an Irishman’s estimation, can replace ‘blue blood.

    The Banshee

    Elliot O'Donnell
  • You can't drain the blue blood out of a person even with a pump!


    Maksim Gorky
  • Oh, sometimes I think I must have blue blood in my veins, too.

  • It is a knowledge which the possession of the blue blood itself produces.

    The Duke's Children

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for blue blood

blue blood

royal or aristocratic descent
Derived Forms
blue-blooded, adjective
Word Origin
C19: translation of Spanish sangre azul
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Word Origin and History for blue blood

1834, translating Spanish sangre azul, claimed by certain families of Castile as uncontaminated by Moorish or Jewish admixture, probably from the notion of the visible veins of people of fair complexion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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