Definition of blue-chip in English:

blue-chip

Syllabification: blue-chip

adjective

[attributive]
  • 1Denoting companies or their shares considered to be a reliable investment, though less secure than gilt-edged stock.
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    • Many investors look for reliable blue-chip companies with predictable, regular revenues - safe havens, if you like.
    • Shares in big, blue-chip companies are easy to buy and sell because there are billions of shares in circulation, plus a lively market of buyers and sellers.
    • Four traditional blue-chip companies update their investors next week.
  • 1.1Of the highest quality: blue-chip art
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    • In the present exhibition the seven participating artists are young and on the threshold of their careers hoping to make works that in time would translate into blue-chip art.
    • The world's richest collectors are still prepared to pay almost any price for exceptional, blue-chip modern art - especially when it comes fresh to the market and with an impeccable provenance.
    • No doubt he hopes to fire up the collecting ambitions of his sometimes troubled museum, which must compete for blue-chip art with many other powerful institutions.

Origin

early 20th century (originally US): from the blue chip used in gambling games, which usually has a high value.

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