blue blood [ bloo bluhd for 1; bloo bluhd for 2] noun 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;
Spanish sangre azul.
azure Related forms blue-blood·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for blue blood Contemporary Examples of blue blood
From the start, we see him as he is: a despot and a swindler, a Dallas blue-blood with FBI ties, fleeing a violent past.
In Cold Mountain I did the blue-blood accent, and this one is totally different.
Historical Examples of blue blood
Not a blue-blood, for that has to do with decadence, but a woman of the people.
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 noun royal or aristocratic descent Derived Forms blue-blooded, adjective Word Origin for blue blood
C19: translation of Spanish
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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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