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  1. a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, which produces a white line on a blue background.
  2. a print made by this process.
  3. a detailed outline or plan of action: a blueprint for success.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make a blueprint of or for.

Origin of blueprint

First recorded in 1885–90; blue + print
Related formsblue·print·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for blueprint

sketch, scheme, draft, model, prototype, rendering, archetype, design, layout

Examples from the Web for blueprint

Contemporary Examples of blueprint

Historical Examples of blueprint

  • I saw a blueprint spread on a foreman's desk as I walked past.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • He was studying a blueprint, and this time he made no effort to break the silence.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • He poured over the blueprint again, striving to concentrate.

    The Sword

    Frank Quattrocchi

  • I'd forgotten her God had a blueprint for all these little difficulties.

  • On the table before him was what appeared to be a rough map or blueprint.

    The Apartment Next Door

    William Andrew Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for blueprint


  1. Also called: cyanotype a photographic print of plans, technical drawings, etc, consisting of white lines on a blue background
  2. an original plan or prototype that influences subsequent design or practicethe Montessori method was the blueprint for education in the 1940s
  1. (tr) to make a blueprint of (a plan)
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Word Origin and History for blueprint

also blue-print, 1882, from blue (1) + print (n.). The process uses blue on white, or white on blue. Figurative sense of "detailed plan" is attested from 1926. As a verb by 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper