blue-blooded


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

blue blood

also blue·blood (blo͞o′blŭd′)
n.
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.blue-blooded - 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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

blue-blooded

adjective
Of high birth or social position:
Informal: upper-crust.
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations

blue-blooded

[ˈbluːˈblʌdɪd] ADJde sangre azul
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in classic literature ?
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 ..
It's not dissimilar to the likes of John Gosden warning about the preparation of any of his blue-blooded superstars prior to a big race, or expressing concerns about the trip or ground before they then win in scintillating fashion.
Blue-blooded - Danny Dyer is exploring his family's Royal connections through the ages
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.