bleu

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From Middle French, from Old French blöe, bleve, blef (blue), from Low Frankish *blāo (blue), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlēw-, *bhlāw- (yellow, grey, blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (to shine). Cogante with Old High German blāo (blue) (German blau), Dutch blauw (blue), Old English blāw (blue). More at blue.

Adjective[edit]

bleu m (feminine bleue, masculine plural bleus, feminine plural bleues)

  1. blue
    Le ciel est bleu. - The sky is blue
  2. (of meat) very rare, underdone

Noun[edit]

bleu m (plural bleux)

  1. the color blue
  2. blue cheese
    Le bleu ressemble au roquefort - Blue cheese looks like Roquefort
  3. rookie, new recruit, raw recruit
    Ce soldat est un vrai bleu - This soldier is a real rookie
  4. bruise
    Il est tombé, et maintenant il a un bleu - He fell over and now he has a bruise
  5. (Canada) a supporter of the Conservative Party

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French blöe, bleve, blef (blue), from Low Frankish *blāo (blue), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlēw-, *bhlāw- (yellow, grey, blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (to shine). Cogante with Old High German blāo (blue) (German blau), Dutch blauw (blue), Old English blāw (blue). More at blue.

Adjective[edit]

bleu m (feminine singular bleue, masculine plural bleus, feminine plural bleues)

  1. blue

Noun[edit]

bleu m (plural bleus)

  1. blue