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blue blood



  1. royal or aristocratic descent

Derived Forms

ˈblue-ˈblooded adjective

Word Origin

C19: translation of Spanish sangre azul

Example Sentences Including 'blue blood'

But his rsum reads more like that of a New England blue blood.
Globe and Mail (2003)
But they have always had this aloofness about them, of BT as the bluest of the blue blood.
Misc (1999)
He feels like a black in antebellum Tennessee, looking at some moustache-twirling blue blood.
If you suspect that blue blood runs in the family you could try the truly regal website at www.
New Scientist (1999)
The `dismissal" of the Tories ' principal hereditary peer leaves too much messy blue blood over too much crimson carpet.
Independent (1998)
The blue blood of their forefathers was flowing freely in his veins.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
We talk of the True Blue and people having blue blood in their veins - it refers to the highest and best within mankind.
Lacy, Marie Louise Know Yourself Through Colour
`Because I'm a bit scruffy and don't share your blue blood I'm the perennial villain.
Gash, Jonathan The Tartan Ringers


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