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Sang Bleu

Of high aristocratic descent. The words are French, and mean blue blood, but the notion is Spanish. The old families of Spain who trace their pedigree beyond the time of the Moorish conquest say that their venous blood is blue, but that of common people is black.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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