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  1. of, relating to, or constituting a blue chip.
  2. 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

blue chip

  1. Chiefly Poker. a blue-colored chip of high value.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for blue-chip

excellent, leading, major-league, valuable

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  • The company was a blue-chip mining operation working the beryllium-rich asteroid belt out of San Francisco.

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British Dictionary definitions for blue-chip

blue chip

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

blue chip


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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