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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.
The two scrub cows that came with the place I sold to the butcher for thirty dollars each, paying two hundred and fifty for two blue-blooded Jersey heifers .
8DA followed YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Bathtub 9 Rejig 10 Ready 11 Upsurge 12 Dog 13 Lebanese 16 Well done 17 Rum 19 Decried 21 Nonet 22 Piano 23 Deplete DOWN: 1 Obtrude 2 Strangle 3 Stay 4 Presence 5 Ajar 6 Ogles 8 Blue-blooded 13 Lollipop 14 Springer 15 Empties 18 Adopt 20 Char 21 Nape QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Text message 8 Pal 9 Nap 11 Upstage 12 Reach 13 See 14 Who 15 Receipt 17 Yet 19 Once 21 Open 23 Mane 25 Pipe 27 Win 29 Ability 31 Ass 34 Bob 36 Close 37 Congeal 38 Had 39 Ate 40 Marked cards DOWN: 1 Tape 2 Else 3 Trapeze 4 Eleven 5 Strip 6 Gnaw 7 Each 8 Pushy 10 Phone 16 Ton 18 Top 20 New 22 Pea 24 Antenna 25 Peach 26 Sliced 28 Noble 30 Bleak 32 Slam 33 Soda 34 Bead 35 Oats
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.
One look at the list of bridesmaids and pageboys and it's obvious that the attendants are blue-blooded.