Definition of blue plaque in English:

blue plaque


  • (in the UK) a round blue sign attached to the facade of a building to commemorate its historical significance, typically giving the name of a famous or eminent person who once lived in or near the building.

    ‘Robinson moved to Pinner in 1908 and his house now displays a blue plaque in his honour’
    • ‘The site of his untimely demise in London's Mayfair was recently adorned with an English Heritage blue plaque, the imprimatur of metropolitan respectability.’
    • ‘A blue plaque hangs outside the house recording the residence of a noted Victorian historian.’
    • ‘A blue plaque celebrating the 240th anniversary of the Essex Chronicle was unveiled by the mayor of Chelmsford today.’
    • ‘Tameside council has erected a blue plaque on the bridge at Donkey Stone Wharf in Ashton to commemorate Eli Whalley.’
    • ‘A blue plaque marks the location, which is now a furniture shop.’
    • ‘The committee chairman is hoping to attach a further six blue plaques to buildings in the Whitworth area.’
    • ‘A blue plaque above the door announced, auspiciously enough, that Yeats had once lived there.’
    • ‘On its front is a blue plaque declaring how Charles Dickens once lived on a site nearby.’
    • ‘A blue plaque fastened into the wall publicises the office's past as the dining room in the home of journalist Henry Morton Stanley.’
    • ‘A total of nine places where some of these famous people lived have been marked with blue plaques, which also record the sites of famous events.’
    • ‘Or you may care to look up the blue plaques for Alfred Hitchcock (Leytonstone High Road, E11), Boris Karloff (Forest Hill Road, SE23) or many more.’
    • ‘In 1996 Princess Anne was invited to Marlborough to unveil a heritage blue plaque to commemorate Miss Jebb's achievements.’
    • ‘Yesterday Leeds Civic Trust unveiled a blue plaque on the club, in Albion Place, Leeds, to mark its significance.’
    • ‘A blue plaque has been unveiled at the entrance to the Rochdale hall where pioneer war photographer Roger Fenton was born 185 years ago.’
    • ‘Woolf's essays and Night and Day point to her familiarity with literary geography, literary pilgrims, and blue plaques.’
    • ‘Members of a local history society have spent the past three years putting blue plaques at significant locations across the borough.’
    • ‘The star of films such as Alfie, Get Carter and The Italian Job was chosen by residents in Southwark to receive a blue plaque.’
    • ‘The town hall is the first building in Ilkley to be given a Blue Plaque.’
    • ‘A number of exhibitions of the work of the Hardys have been held in Richmond and a blue plaque unveiled at Brinsworth House, Twickenham.’