true blue

See also: true-blue


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Refers to a symbolism of colour, dating to mediaeval times, in which blue represents loyalty, constancy, faithfulness and truth.[1]


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true blue (not comparable)

  1. Steadfastly loyal or faithful, unwavering in loyalty.
    He was a true blue supporter, and would not listen to what he supposed to be the lies of the opposition.
    • 2007, Lainie Speiser, Threesomes: For Couples Who Want to Know More[1], page 158:
      On the other hand, their swing/three-way practices have made Tony one of the most true-blue mates one could have, an absolute dream for women, in fact.
    • 2010, Rachel Black, Blue Laws, entry in Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia, page 34,
      Or it may refer to “true blue” principles of Puritans—that is, unyielding and dogmatic.
    1. Patriotic.
  2. Authentic, undoubtedly true; honest.
    • 1985 May 27, Steven Burke, Retailing: Dealers Install Non-IBM Parts, InfoWorld, page 20,
      Some upscale, service-oriented dealers say competitors are installing the third-party disk drives in PC XTs and passing them off as true blue PC XTs.
    • 2001 October 23, Ted Johnson, Reader Forum: The Ellen Show, The Advocate, page 4,
      Ellen′s honesty and true-blue down-to-earthness were riveting.
    • 2004, Paul Delany, Bill Brandt: A Life[2], page 99:
      That Lorant was Hungarian might have made Brandt even more wary, since he was in the process of being re-born as a true-blue Englishman and leaving the Hungarians of Montparnasse behind him.
    1. (Britain) Aristocratic by birth.
    2. (Australia, informal) Authentically Australian.
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see true,‎ blue.
    • 1996, Richard D. Bartlett, Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Pope Bartlet, Frogs, Toads, and Tree Frogs, page 78,
      Second, some living caerulea are blue: A few display attractive shades of blue green or, more rarely, true blue.
    • 2010, Patti Polk, Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals[3], page 48:
      True blue chalcedony is uncommon and highly desirable as a lapidary material.




true blue (countable and uncountable, plural true blues)

  1. (countable) A faithful partisan.
  2. (historical) A blue dye from Coventry, England, famous for not washing out.