(law enforcement) is a person who comes from a family in law enforcement and continues in the "family trade". Blue being a reference to "The Thin Blue Line"
Dave can't help it if his career is moving so fast, he's got blue blood.
Comes from the medieval belief that aristocratic blood was blue. Usually used talking about nobelty and royal family members.
There's too much blue blood in this family! They really should mix with the common people otherwise they'll degenerate...
Translated from the old Spanish
phrase "sangre azul
", blue blood derives from the Medieval
belief in Europe (among other places) that the blood of the royalty
; since the royal family
s were wealthy and powerful enough to pay commoners to labor in the fields for them, their skin was translucent
and pale enough for their blue veins to stand out.
It also refers to old money
families: families that have been aristocrats for many generations.
The blue blood disdain
fully looked upon the unrefined
manners of the nouveau riche
(aka "new money
The blue blood of the elite could not be tainted by the blood of commoners, lest the whole line be polluted (disregarding the risks of inbreeding
From the medieval
European belief that royalty
had blue blood
; the elite
had enough power
that they could afford to have peasant
s and the urban
poor do their dirty work for them- since the aristocrat
s were able to stay inside and avoid long hours in the fields (and the sunlight), they were often so pale that their blue veins showed under their translucent
skin, thus leading people to believe that their blood was blue.
Now it generally refers to people from old money
: families who have been wealthy aristocrats for generations on generations.
This means that you come from a wealthy background (old money).
"His blood is so blue, that he is a natural-born yacht club captain."
The first novel in the vampire series by Melissa De La Cruz. Set in the city of Manhattan, the city's supernatural elite are running rampatant. But mysterious cases of full consumptions are turning up; vampires are dying!
The Blue Bloods novels are amazing.
Old school slang for common folks back in medieval times. Those of low class work in hard labor (agricultural) and spending majority of the time being exposed to the sun; so they tan. Where as the high class folks do nothing, but stay inside their homes; getting paler. So pale that their skin become--as some say like alabaster, that you can see their blue veins through their skin. Thus the word "Blue Blood".
it doesn't matter how hard your dad works, you'll never be a Blue Blood
A person of noble birth. this group of people are born into an elite and noble family. Blue bloods generally reside on the East Coast (New England) and live privileged lifestyles. Many blue bloods attend prestigious boarding/preparatory schools, elite institutions (colleges and universities); summer in expensive vacation communities (i.e. Martha's Vineyard, Long Island, Maine, New Hampshire, etc.), and wear preppy clothes. Blue bloods are usually extremely affluent and tend to not flaunt there money. They come from "old money" and are the opposite of "nouveau riche".
President John F. Kennedy (JFK) is a blue blood.
Henry lives in Greenwich, Connecticut; summers in East Hampton, goes to Phillips Exeter Academy and plans to attend Yale in the fall. He's a blue blood.