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


blue-blood·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blue blood

blue blood


royal or aristocratic descent

Derived forms of blue blood

blue-blooded, adjective

Word Origin for blue blood

C19: translation of Spanish sangre azul
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