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British English: /bluː/
American English: /blu/

Translation of blue in French:


  • 2 (sky) [literary]the blue
    l'azur (m) [literary]
  • 3 (British English) (University) (honour) to be/get an Oxford/Cambridge blue
    être/devenir membre d'une équipe sportive d'Oxford/de Cambridge
  • 4 (British English) [informal] (Politics)a true blue
    un partisan ardent du parti Conservateur
  • 5 (American English) (History) (in civil war)

also: blues plural noun

  • 1 (Music)the blues
    le blues (m)
    to sing/play the blues
    chanter/jouer du blues
    before n (music, musician, fan, festival)
    de blues
  • 2 [informal] (depression)the blues
    le cafard [informal]
    to have the blues
    avoir le cafard [informal]


  • 1 (in colour) [figurative] to be blue from ou with the cold
    être bleu de froid
  • 2 (depressed) to feel blue
    avoir le cafard [informal]
    to look blue
    avoir l'air déprimé

transitive verb

  • [informal] (British English) (squander) to blue (all) one's money on something
    dépenser tout son fric sur quelque chose [informal]


to say something out of the blue

dire quelque chose à brûle-pourpoint

to appear/happen out of the blue

apparaître/se passer à l'improviste

to go off into the blue

to vanish into the blue

s'évanouir dans la nature

the air was blue!

les gros mots fusaient!

black and blue

couvert de bleus

to beat somebody black and blue

battre quelqu'un comme plâtre [informal]

to throw a blue fit

piquer une crise [informal]

to tell somebody something/repeat something (to somebody) until one is blue in the face

se tuer à dire quelque chose à quelqu'un/à répéter quelque chose (à quelqu'un)

you can shout until you're blue in the face, I'm going anyway!

cause toujours, j'y vais quand même! [informal]
moon murder
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