blue-blood

blue blood

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

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

blue-blooded, adjective
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blue blood
 
n
royal or aristocratic descent
 
[C19: translation of Spanish sangre azul]
 
'blue-'blooded
 
adj

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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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