blue-chip

[ bloo-chip ]
/ ˈbluˌtʃɪp /

adjective

of, relating to, or constituting a blue chip.
having outstanding or exemplary qualities within a specified category; leading: a group of blue-chip scientists; blue-chip stock.

Origin of blue-chip

First recorded in 1930–35

Definition for blue-chip (2 of 2)

blue chip

noun

Chiefly Poker. a blue-colored chip of high value.
a common stock issued by a major company that has financial strength, stability against fluctuations, and a good record of dividend payments: regarded as a low-risk investment.
a secure and valuable item or property held in reserve: The airfield was a blue chip in the struggle for military supremacy.

Origin of blue chip

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for blue-chip

blue chip

noun

a gambling chip with the highest value
finance
  1. a stock considered reliable with respect to both dividend income and capital value
  2. (as modifier)a blue-chip company
(modifier) denoting something considered to be a valuable asset

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