blue·​grass | \ ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce bluegrass (audio) \

Definition of bluegrass

1 : any of several grasses (genus Poa) of which some have bluish-green culms especially : kentucky bluegrass
2 [from the Blue Grass Boys, performing group, from Bluegrass state, nickname of Kentucky] : country music characterized by the use of unamplified stringed instruments (such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin), by free improvisation, and by close usually high-pitched harmony

Examples of bluegrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like guitarist Billy Strings, who played the Winnetka festival in 2018 and last year won the Grammy for best bluegrass album. Kathy Cichon, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 Nuviola is up for tropical Latin album, while Strings is a contender for American roots and bluegrass album honors. Jem Aswad, Variety, 1 Apr. 2022 Newton resident Julia Hass did a bit of porch hopping but made sure to stay for her favorite group’s set — bluegrass band, Deceptive Lemons. Antonia Quinn,, 8 June 2022 For instance, ballet choreographer Justin Peck is pairing up on a new work with bluegrass musician Chris Thile. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Bison Ranch, is a weekend of folk fun and bluegrass music. Naomi Stock, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 Canadian bluegrass troupe the Dead South plays at 9 p.m. from Irving Plaza in New York. Gary Graff, cleveland, 18 May 2022 The Kentucky native played in numerous bluegrass bands as a teen, eventually meeting another future Hall of Fame member, Ricky Skaggs. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 17 May 2022 Other Artist of the Year nominees include previous winner Jason Isbell and progressive bluegrass favorite Billy Strings. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bluegrass

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bluegrass was in 1751

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“Bluegrass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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blue·​grass | \ ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce bluegrass (audio) \

Kids Definition of bluegrass

1 : a grass with bluish green stems
2 : a type of traditional American music that is played on stringed instruments

Bluegrass geographical name

Blue·​grass | \ ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce Bluegrass (audio) \

Definition of Bluegrass

region of central Kentucky where Kentucky bluegrass abounds that is noted for the breeding of fine horses

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