Definition of blueprint in English:


Syllabification: blue·print
Pronunciation: /ˈblo͞oˌprint


  • 1A design plan or other technical drawing.
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    • 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.
  • 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


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  • 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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