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blue blood

[bloo bluhd for 1; bloo bluhd for 2]
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noun
  1. an aristocrat, noble, or member of a socially prominent family.
  2. aristocratic, noble, or socially prominent lineage or relatives: They boasted a lineage of pure blue blood.
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Origin of blue blood

1825–35; translation of Spanish sangre azul. See sanguine, azure
Related formsblue-blood·ed, adjective
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  • Not a blue-blood, for that has to do with decadence, but a woman of the people.

    Red Fleece

    Will Levington Comfort

  • Without this mother, Veracity was like a blue-blood orphan whom only the most cultivated mind could adopt and nourish.


British Dictionary definitions for blue blood

blue blood

noun
  1. royal or aristocratic descent
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Derived Formsblue-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.

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