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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Noble or aristocratic descent.
  • n. A member of the aristocracy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. noble or aristocratic ancestry
  • n. an aristocrat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Blood.
  • n. the blood of noble or aristocratic families, which, according to a Spanish prover , has in it a tinge of blue; -- hence, a member of an old and aristocratic family.
  • n. a member of the nobility or aristocracy, or a person of high social status.
  • n. the quality of status that qualifies one as a blue blood; -- used metaphorically, as “They have blue blood in their veins.”.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the aristocracy

Etymologies

Translation of Spanish sangre azul : sangre, blood + azul, blue (probably from the visible veins of fair-complexioned aristocrats).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of Spanish sangre azul. (Wiktionary)

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