One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the UK) a report bound in a blue cover and issued by Parliament or the Privy Council.
- ‘According to the draft, the new blue book highlights the importance Japan attaches to civil societies.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Much of it, and that often the most revealing and significant is not what appears in… speeches, reports, and blue books.’
2historical (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.’
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