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blue blood

also blue·blood (blo͞o′blŭd′)
1. Noble or aristocratic descent.
2. A member of the aristocracy.

[Translation of Spanish sangre azul : sangre, blood + azul, blue (probably from the visible veins of fair-complexioned aristocrats).]

blue′-blood′ed (-blŭd′ĭd) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracyblue-blooded - belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes"
noble - of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth"


Of high birth or social position:
Informal: upper-crust.


[ˈbluːˈblʌdɪd] ADJde sangre azul
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The wild-dog was maturer than Jerry, larger-bodied, and wiser in wickedness; but Jerry was blue-blooded, right-selected, and valiant.
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BY DAVID YATES MIDTERM is a 16-1 shot to live up to his blue-blooded pedigree with an Investec Derby triumph at Epsom next June after starting his career with a bang at Newbury yesterday.
But most speak this out not: the downtrodden for the fear, awe and fearsome authority of the blue-blooded nobility; the intelligentsia for its passionate penchant to hang on to the coattails of this nobility and play second fiddle to it; and the rest of the chattering classes for being the slaves of their own multiplicity of pretences, affectations, ostentations and snobbery.
And in the blue-blooded corner we have Camilla, the famed "other woman" of the Charles and Di years who is now as much a part of the establishment as the Queen's corgis.
Arla has gone for Restoration glam-punk in its new ad for Castelio-a smart ploy when the cheese, blue veined or otherwise, is 'common or garden' rather than genuinely blue-blooded.
One look at the list of bridesmaids and pageboys and it's obvious that the attendants are blue-blooded.
EX-MISS World Rosanna Davison may be used to wearing a crown but the beauty queen has now discovered blue-blooded links direct to the British royal family.
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