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Definition of blue blood in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Noble birth: blue blood is no guarantee of any particular merit, competence, or expertise
More example sentences
  • Of course everyone secretly hopes they might find a celebrity connection, figures of power and influence or even blue blood.
  • 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.
  • Far from worrying about musty family skeletons in aristocratic cupboards, noble pedigrees are advertised and the smallest cup-full of blue blood proudly proclaimed.
1.1 [count noun] A person of noble birth: the City blue bloods didn’t like him
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  • Their players undoubtedly possess pedigree, but now football's blue bloods must pass the biggest test so far, that of the stubborn, talented Irish.
  • During the late '50s and early '60s, the blue bloods ' grip on power was coming to an end.
  • War-bound blue bloods grudgingly handed the reins over to Irish and Italian Catholics and Jews.

Derivatives

blue-blooded

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adjective
Example sentences
  • Steve, like many of us, is not a blue-blooded aristocrat but an honest British citizen who loves hunting and enjoys the privilege of riding around the countryside.
  • Tall, mature, single, blue-blooded aristocrat, seeks tall, mature foxy lady who loves dressing in furs.
  • In 1981, he became the country's fourth prime minister, but the first commoner after a trio of blue-blooded patricians.

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