blue bloodblue blood
- descent from nobility
- a person of such descent; aristocratalso written blue′blood·
Origin of blue bloodtranslated, translation of Spanish sangre azul, probably referring to the blue veins easily visible against the pale skin of Castilian aristocrats who had not intermarried with darker-skinned people
- Noble or aristocratic descent.
- A member of the aristocracy.
Origin of blue bloodTranslation of Spanish sangre azul sangre blood azul blue (probably from the visible veins of fair-complexioned aristocrats)
(countable and uncountable, plural blue bloods)
A calque of Spanish sangre azul.
- Alternative spelling of blue blood.