blue book

or bluebook

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  1. a register or directory of socially prominent persons.

  2. any register or directory, as of major companies or officials.

  1. a blank book used in taking college examinations, usually with a blue cover.

  2. a British parliamentary or other publication bound in a blue cover.

  3. (initial capital letters)Trademark. a reference manual listing the current market value of used cars by model and year of manufacture.

  4. a similar manual listing the market value of other items, appliances, etc.

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How to use blue book in a sentence

  • He is probably sipping a cup of coffee over a blue-book in dignified retirement.

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  • The next subject that has filled our chat lately has been the blue book on Vivisection, which you would like to look into.

British Dictionary definitions for bluebook


  1. (in Britain) a government publication bound in a stiff blue paper cover: usually the report of a royal commission or a committee

  2. informal, mainly US a register of well-known people

  1. (in Canada) an annual statement of government accounts

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