blue note


: a variable microtonal lowering of the third, seventh, and occasionally fifth degrees of the major scale

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While Jones is musical, her blue note always hits harder than any grace note. New York Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Crunch time has arrived for the Boston Bruins, who have been on the receiving end of enough hits from the St. Louis Blues to have blue note logos imprinted all over their aching bodies. Helene Elliott,, 5 June 2019 Isbell played lead guitar throughout the song, bending buttery blues notes on that ’59 Les Paul. Matt Wake |, al, 11 Sep. 2019 Calvin Klein’s trousers picked up the blue notes, and mirrored Givenchy shades finished the ensemble. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, 26 July 2018 The living room and dining room are splashed with notes of crimson red, while the bedrooms are trimmed with icy blue notes. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, 27 May 2016 Blues feeling is integral to jazz as well, whether the quasi-microtonal cry of blue notes or the expressive style of articulation in its sobs and shouts. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 4 Apr. 2018 Jazz includes contemporary, big band, acid and blue note. Zack Linly, The Root, 1 Feb. 2018 The movie opens in a lively bar, full of gyrating, intoxicated folk, whom Félicité and the band entertain all night with infectious songs filled with blue notes. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History


from its frequent use in blues music

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue note was in 1919

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“Blue note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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