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.

Nearby words

  1. blue wood aster,
  2. blue-arsed fly,
  3. blue-black,
  4. blue-blooded,
  5. blue-breasted quail,
  6. blue-collar,
  7. blue-curls,
  8. blue-eyed,
  9. blue-eyed boy,
  10. blue-eyed grass

Origin of blue-chip

First recorded in 1930–35

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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Word Origin and History for blue-chip

blue chip

adj.

also blue-chip, in reference to the high-value poker counter, from 1904 in the figurative sense of "valuable;" stock exchange sense, in reference to "shares considered a reliable investment," is first recorded 1929; especially of stocks that saw spectacular rises in value in the four years or so before the Wall Street crash of that year.

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