Definition of blueprint in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblo͞oˌprint/


1A design plan or other technical drawing.
Example sentences
  • None of the plans were real blueprints or technical drawings.
  • A new hotel, 117 residential units, and a number of offices are all in the design blueprint.
  • Inside the five-year-old company's offices are maps and blueprints of mineral claims scouted by other firms and rocks dug up by other miners.
plan, design, diagram, drawing, sketch, map, layout, representation
1.1Something that acts as a plan, model, or template: a vague blueprint for fundamental land redistribution
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  • I'm convinced this model will be a blueprint for other authorities to follow.
  • This model could be a blueprint for other states to create comprehensive methamphetamine policies as well.
  • It was hoped the plan could become a blueprint for the rest of the country, but the new early opening hours were dropped because of ‘operational problems’.
model, plan, template, framework, pattern, example, guide, prototype, pilot


[with object] North American
Draw up (a plan or model): (as adjective blueprinted) a neatly blueprinted scheme
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  • He's enlightened volunteer boards to the needs for strategic planning, and has implemented long-range vision by blueprinting step-by-step plans that future boards and personnel can follow.
  • Now an expert team of astronauts and space scientists has blueprinted a safety strategy for Earth: an asteroid tugboat.
  • With the advance notice, the staff has had time to lay out a plan that is blueprinted during a 9 a.m. staff meeting and a 9: 45 a.m. divisionwide conference call with the network's domestic and international bureaus.


Late 19th century: from the original process in which prints were composed of white lines on a blue ground or of blue lines on a white ground.

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Syllabification: blue·print

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