Definition of Blue Book in English:

Blue Book


  • 1(in the UK) a report bound in a blue cover and issued by Parliament or the Privy Council.

    • ‘One has to assume, does one not, that in certifying the agreement, the Commission proceeded on the basis of, is it section 89 in the blue book - I am lost again - section 89?’
    • ‘According to the draft, the new blue book highlights the importance Japan attaches to civil societies.’
    • ‘Much of it, and that often the most revealing and significant is not what appears in… speeches, reports, and blue books.’
    • ‘Sources said yesterday that no precise forecasts would be made until after the publication of the so-called blue book, which will revise growth figures back to 1994.’
    1. 1.1trademark (in the US) an official book listing government officials.
      • ‘One of the many books we receive at the newspaper office is the Mississippi Blue Book, the official and statistical register for our great state.’
      • ‘It also has lists government offices and administrative bodies and is a useful supplement to the Blue Book.’
      • ‘The biographical data on assemblymen has been compiled from the California Blue Book for the years 1893-1911.’
    2. 1.2usually blue book An authoritative handbook.
      • ‘As industrialization twisted and strained the English class structure, breeders created elaborate class systems, replete with blue books and pedigrees patterned after those of the nobility, for horses and dogs.’