blue blood

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Calque of Spanish sangre azul.


blue blood (countable and uncountable, plural blue bloods)

  1. (uncountable) Noble or aristocratic ancestry.
  2. (countable) An aristocrat.
    • 1964 June 16, “All Eyes On Lema At U.S. Open This Week”, in The Indianapolis Star, volume 62, number 11, Indianapolis, Ind., page 22:
      The bluebloods of golf began pouring into the sweltering nation’s capital yesterday for the 64th U.S. Open championship, and the hottest topic was not Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus, but Champagne Tony Lema.

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