blue blood

[bloo bluhd for 1; bloo bluhd for 2]
an aristocrat, noble, or member of a socially prominent family.
aristocratic, noble, or socially prominent lineage or relatives: They boasted a lineage of pure blue blood.

1825–35; translation of Spanish sangre azul. See sanguine, azure

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blue blood
royal or aristocratic descent
[C19: translation of Spanish sangre azul]

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Word Origin & History

blue blood
1834, translating Sp. sangre azul, claimed by certain families of Castile as uncontaminated by Moorish or Jewish admixture, probably from the notion of the visible veins of people of fair complexion.
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Example sentences
Probably she felt that the production of literature was hardly a fitting occupation for one who had the blue blood.
He was a true blue blood or a smooth fraud or some of both.
It has nothing to do with the city's blue blood reputation or regal aspirations.
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