noun (pl) bas bleus (bɑ blø)
a bluestocking; intellectual woman
The author smacks not of the bas bleu; she is a simple woman in the truest sense of the word, and a regal grande dame as well.
The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin Emilia Pardo Bazn
She was welcomed as a sister spirit by the coterie which she has so elaborately eulogized in the “bas bleu.”
Lives of Celebrated Women Samuel Griswold Goodrich
bas bleu, said Bentnor, concealing his triumph at his own tactics in the lighting of his twenty-third cigarette.
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905 Various
Au reste, she has nothing of the bas bleu about her, and is very quiet and agreeable.
The Letters of Charles Dickens Charles Dickens
He is himself a plain practical man, who has no sympathy with the bas bleu movement.
Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
- Bas mitzvah
bat mitzvah. a solemn ceremony, chiefly among Reform and Conservative Jews, that is held in the synagogue on Friday night or Saturday morning to admit formally as an adult member of the Jewish community a girl 12 to 13 years old. the girl participating in this ceremony. to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to. […]
relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background. Historical Examples Miss Ross described her beauty graphically enough when she said it was that of an old Greek bas-relief. Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville When she felt a bas-relief of dancing girls she asked, “Where are the singers?” Story of My Life Helen Keller […]
a department in NE France. 1848 sq. mi. (4785 sq. km). Capital: Strasbourg. Historical Examples The people of this district have a less soft pronunciation than those of Bas-Rhin. Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2) Carl Engel The democratic idea grew and was represented chiefly by the Courrier du Bas-Rhin which influenced public […]
toward the base. basad ba·sad (bā’sād’) adj. Having a direction toward the base of an object or structure.