An example of blue is the color of the Internet Explorer icon.
The deep blue sea.
An example of blue used as an adjective is the phrase a "blue shirt" which means a shirt that is that color.
An example of blue used as an adjective is the phrase a "blue melody" which means a song that is depressing.
The ushers wore blue.
A blue joke; a blue movie.
A blue day.
A blue cat.
- (politics, in particular, in the US) Supportive of, run by (a member of), pertaining to, or dominated by the Democratic Party. [after 2000]I live in a blue constituency.Congress turned blue in the mid-term elections.
- (Australia, politics) Supportive of or related to the Liberal Party.Illawarra turns blue in Liberal washout.
Blue and sour religionists.
The boys in blue marched to the pipers.
The ball came out of the blue and cracked his windshield.
His request for leave came out of the blue.
The air was blue with oaths.
- At the point of extreme exasperation:I argued with them until I was blue in the face.
- At a far distance; into the unknown:Spontaneously take a trip into the blue.
- From an unexpected or unforeseen source:Criticism that came out of the blue.
- At a completely unexpected time:A long-unseen friend who appeared out of the blue.
- as if from the sky; without being expected or foreseen
- the sky
- the sea
Other Word Forms
Origin of blue
- Middle English blue, bleu from Old French bleu of Germanic origin bhel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English blewe, partially from Old English *blǣw ("blue"; found in derivative blǣwen (“bluish”)); and partially from Anglo-Norman blew, blef (“blue”), from Medieval Latin blāvus, blāvius (“blue”), from Old Frankish *blāw, *blāo (“blue”); both from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (“blue, dark blue”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlēw- (“yellow, blond, grey”). Cognate with English dialectal blow (“blue”), Scots blue, blew (“blue”), North Frisian bla, blö (“blue”), Saterland Frisian blau (“blue”), Dutch blauw (“blue”), German blau (“blue”), Swedish blå (“blue”), Icelandic blár (“blue”), Latin flāvus (“yellow”), Middle Irish blá (“yellow”), Lithuanian blãvas (“blue”). Doublet of blae.