Expression used by Americans to refer to Englishmen. Dates back to at least the middle ages when the aristocracy rarely, if ever, went out of doors. The result was a transparent, alabaster complexion which made the veins beneath the skin appear prominent

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  • blue-blood — blue blood·ed; …   English syllables

  • Blue blood — is an expression from the Spanish phrase sangre azul, indicating noble birth or descent (see more).Blue blood may also refer to:In music * Blue Blood (album), an album by X Japan * Blue Blood (single), a single by Atrocity * Blueblood , an album… …   Wikipedia

  • Blue blood — Blood Blood (bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel. bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E. blow to bloom. See {Blow} to bloom.] 1. The fluid which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blue Blood — Blue Blood …   Википедия

  • Blue blood — Blue Blue (bl[=u]), a. [Compar. {Bluer} (bl[=u] [ e]r); superl. {Bluest}.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black, fr.[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a], D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F. bleu,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blue blood — (bl[=u] bl[u^]d ), n. 1. a member of the nobility or aristocracy, or a person of high social status. [1913 Webster] 2. the quality of status that qualifies one as a {blue blood}; used metaphorically, as They have blue blood in their veins. .… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blue blood — Someone with blue blood is royalty …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • blue blood — blue blooded, adj. /blooh blud / for 1; /blooh blud / for 2 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. [1825… …   Universalium

  • blue blood — 1. descent from nobility 2. a person of such descent; aristocrat: also blueblood n. blue blooded adj …   English World dictionary

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • blue-blood|ed — «BLOO BLUHD ihd», adjective. = aristocratic. (Cf. ↑aristocratic) …   Useful english dictionary

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