One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A battle in 1704 in Bavaria, near the village of Blindheim, in which the English, under the Duke of Marlborough, defeated the French and the Bavarians.
2The Duke of Marlborough's seat at Woodstock near Oxford, a stately home designed by Vanbrugh (1705). The house and its estate were given to the first Duke of Marlborough in honour of his victory at Blenheim.
A dog of a small red and white breed of spaniel.
- ‘Blenheims are chestnut and white, with chestnut ears and a white blaze between the eyes and ears.’
- ‘A Blenheim Spot is a spot in the middle of the crown of the head.’
- ‘Bugsy is a 2-year-old Blenheim, and I am looking for someone who wants a litter of puppies.’
- ‘The Duchess of Marlborough is credited with imprinting the characteristic lozenge or thumbprint mark on the top of the Blenheim Spaniels head.’
- ‘The cavalier King Charles spaniel can be found in one of four colors: Blenheim, tricolor, ruby, and black and tan.’
- ‘The next of this charming group to be considered, is the Blenheim Spaniel, with which, its having been the favourite breed of my dear mother, & her mother, I have been more associated than with some of the others.’
Mid 19th century: from the name of Blenheim palace (see Blenheim).
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