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

Definition of bluegrass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 played on unamplified stringed instruments (such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and characterized by free improvisation and close usually high-pitched harmony


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

Definition of Bluegrass (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Tonight: The Acoustic Turnpike band plays bluegrass music. Ron Browning,, "Havre de Grace: First Friday and Jazz & Blues Fest highlight weekend," 6 June 2019 Saskatchewan’s The Dead South draws you in with their unique storytelling, foot-stomping bluegrass-folk, and a 1800s pioneer-type style. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "The Dead South Tells a Sordid Puppet Tale In 'Miss Mary' Video: Premiere," 1 June 2018 And the Da Camera JAM series begins April 5 with jazz/bluegrass fusionist Jacqui Sutton. Houston Chronicle, "Discovery Green lines up Terry Allen, Slim Thug, Marcia Ball for concert series," 1 Feb. 2018 The malleable song would be performed in various styles, from folk to country to bluegrass: Cream, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Jack White all have versions. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Rumours’ and More Join the National Recording Registry," 21 Mar. 2018 Genres vary from hip-hop to pop to opera to bluegrass., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters The once-and-forever Led Zep frontman (yep, that guy) performs a few generations’ worth of music, from Zeppelin classics to the eclectic mix of blues, bluegrass and country of his current group. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Pride, Snow Tha Product and Robert Plant — the best of this week's arts and entertainment scene in Baltimore," 10 June 2018 Ethan Robbins, and fuses bluegrass and folk with a dash of funk. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 15 May 2018 Bread-themed events have arisen, including Sliced Bread Saturday, the Sliced Bread Jam bluegrass festival and a bread baking contest. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Missouri Sliced Bread Day proposed. Will it get a rise?," 13 Feb. 2018

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1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bluegrass

: a type of traditional American music that is played on stringed instruments (such as banjos and fiddles)


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

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