blue law

blue law
noun
a statute regulating work on Sundays
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑law

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noun
Etymology: blue (I) (puritanical)
1. : one of numerous extremely rigorous laws designed to regulate morals and conduct in colonial New England
2. : a statute regulating work, commerce, and amusements on Sundays

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any puritanical law that forbids certain practices, esp. drinking or working on Sunday, dancing, etc. Cf. sumptuary law.
[1775-85, Amer.]

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blue law,
any very strict law regulating personal conduct. Laws prohibiting dancing or going to the theater on Sunday are blue laws.

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n. a law prohibiting certain activities, such as shopping, on a Sunday
(in colonial New England) a strict religious law, particularly one preventing entertainment or leisure activities on a Sunday

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noun, pl ⋯ laws [count]
US : an old law that forbids people from doing certain things (such as working or selling alcohol) on Sundays

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ˈblue law 7 [blue law] noun usually plural
(in the US) a law that bans business and certain other activities, such as sports, on Sundays
 
Culture:
Blue laws were first introduced in colonial New England and were originally printed on blue paper. Now they vary widely in different parts of the US. Although many shops open on Sundays, they often do not sell alcohol on that day because of a blue law.

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