From French pur-sang (“pure blood or thoroughbred (as used of a horse)”), from pur (“pure”) and sang (“blood”).
pur sang (not comparable)
- Beyond doubt or being a model example - the ne plus ultra or epitome, the definitive.
- 1800, "The Duke of Punch is too true an Aristocrat, pur sang, to be afraid of avowing his liking for anything[...]"
- 1868, "For it is only the old-fashioned sort, not girls of the period pur sang, that marry for love, or put the husband before the banker."
- Because this is originally a French phrase, it is generally italicized when it is written.
- Generally used postpostively, as in "the Art Deco painter pur sang."
- ^ 1860 May 26, “Punch's Essence of Parliament”, Punch, volume XXXVIII, page 209:
- ^ 1868, Elizabeth Lynn Linton, Modern women and what is said of them: Reprint of a series of articles in the Saturday review: