Definition of blue blood in English:

blue blood

noun

  • 1Noble birth.

    ‘blue blood is no guarantee of any particular merit, competence, or expertise’
    • ‘And where you come from is an important issue for many researchers, particularly the ones who believe that blue blood might be surging through their veins.’
    • ‘Had they been born with blue blood, would their experience have been any different?’
    • ‘It wouldn't do to mix their blue blood with the debased genes of commoners!’
    • ‘If a large man on a sheep station in the middle of nowhere can have blue blood running through his veins, why can't I?’
    • ‘Whether it's because of blue blood or not, the Pekingese definitely has a mind and will of its own - it tends to want to get its own way.’
    • ‘Far from worrying about musty family skeletons in aristocratic cupboards, noble pedigrees are advertised and the smallest cup-full of blue blood proudly proclaimed.’
    • ‘He, it seems, had a strange sense of pride, not only because there was perhaps a tinge of blue blood in his veins, but also because as an intellectual he wanted to be respected and listened to.’
    • ‘A third party duly stepped in with his offer of support - and believe me this is a person with claret and blue blood in his veins.’
    • ‘Yes, the perceptive reader apprehends, he did indeed spill English blood and a lot of it - but it was not blue blood.’
    • ‘In another departure from the book, it is strongly hinted that the departmental controller is a communist agent - the irony being that his blue blood makes him unassailable in the very system he is seeking to destroy.’
    • ‘Born a noble himself, Napoleon knew as well as anyone that blue blood could not be abolished short of exterminating all those who believed they possessed it.’
    • ‘Staunchly imperialist, he is a living manifestation of quintessential Englishness, a living descendant of people with blue blood, noble quarterings, and the right school tie.’
    • ‘They think of themselves as blue blood and most of them inherit the savageness of their parents too.’
    • ‘Of course everyone secretly hopes they might find a celebrity connection, figures of power and influence or even blue blood.’
    • ‘Auntie Edna used to say you needed blue blood in your veins to go there.’
    • ‘Even from the outside, the convertible screams luxury, decadence and a hint of blue blood.’
    • ‘In both films she was playing a wild girl on the wrong side of the tracks when she seems more naturally suited to the well-heeled, blue blood American heiress roles.’
    • ‘It was the same distinguished guests, same idle chitchat, same stifling atmosphere of blue blood.’
    • ‘Just because you've got blue blood running through your cold veins doesn't mean I have to put up with your insults!’
    • ‘The family was of the purest blue blood, and at his birth they were lords of three estates in central Scotland.’
    high standing, nobility, aristocracy, blue blood, high birth, eminence, distinction, prestige
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    1. 1.1A person of noble birth.
      ‘a comforting figure among that crowd of blue bloods’
      • ‘As he and his family try to make nice with the blue bloods, he begins a personal reawakening that takes him through roiling fortunes, shady dealings, and some good old-fashioned stock and real estate disasters.’
      • ‘We pretend to be a middle-class, democratic nation, but in reality we love our blue bloods… We don't actually want to be governed by people like ourselves.’
      • ‘The zodiac's own king and queen - whose rampant symbol has been co-opted by shabby blue bloods for centuries - like to live large and play the big-hearted host.’
      • ‘Bostonian blue bloods were among the first to imitate, popularise and avidly collect the Impressionists.’
      • ‘During the late '50s and early '60s, the blue bloods ' grip on power was coming to an end.’
      • ‘And yes, they even came out and said that these were the elves of mythology, and that all the royal houses of the world are ultimately descended from them - the blue bloods.’
      • ‘I waved him off and fought my way to my room, past a myriad of slaphappy blue bloods in oversized high heels.’
      • ‘By the time we discover the link between the blue bloods, the dead people, and the fracasing kinfolk, we've lost all interest in the outcome or reveal.’
      • ‘War-bound blue bloods grudgingly handed the reins over to Irish and Italian Catholics and Jews.’
      • ‘The rationale for this week long fiesta is the requirement that a ‘coming out’ be staged to mark the social and sexual maturity of the daughters of the city's blue bloods.’
      • ‘Genie could swear that three thirds of Europe's blue bloods are present.’
      • ‘He is a typical blue blood in his love and encouragement of sport.’
      • ‘Their players undoubtedly possess pedigree, but now football's blue bloods must pass the biggest test so far, that of the stubborn, talented Irish.’
      • ‘Though it was not solely a sport for aristocrats, quail hunting in the Old South was a favorite pastime of the wealthy planters and blue bloods who sought to emulate European noblemen with their privileges and refinements.’
      • ‘Families, from the suburbs and the inner city - blue bloods and new arrivals to our country - can show up to fish most any time.’
      • ‘The crowd parted for them almost silently, save for a few blue bloods that were ‘quite tired of this silly peasant ruckus’.’
      • ‘In fact, the second one that became a champion with her mother was bred - her mother is a blue blood, her father is a blue blood, but she is very small.’
      • ‘As in politics, you don't need to be a blue blood to make it in cyberspace.’
      • ‘Aren't they going to feel a little disenfranchised as they watch all these blue bloods take the field.’
      • ‘The poorest boy at Groton, his private school, he is both a blue blood and an underdog.’

Pronunciation:

blue blood

/ˈblo͞o ˌbləd/