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

Definition of bluegrass

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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

Examples of bluegrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The concerts include progressive bluegrass band Chicken Wire Empire on July 10, hip-hop / R&B duo Kaylee Crossfire & Kia Rap Princess on July 17 and rock songwriter Trapper Schoepp with guest Bear in the Woods on July 31. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Turner Hall Ballroom plans three July concerts with attendance capped at 25% for social distancing," 25 June 2020 Since Martin's 2010 GRAMMY-win, Martin has gone on to perform on a variety of albums including Rare Bird Alert from beloved North Carolina bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers in 2011, and Love Has Come for You with Edie Brickell in 2013. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Steve Martin Is a GRAMMY-Winning Banjo Player," 23 June 2020 Country/bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 53., "This day in history," 20 June 2020 Country/bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 53. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Today’s famous birthdays list for June 20, 2020 includes celebrities Lionel Richie, Brian Wilson," 20 June 2020 The bluegrass, country group sounds just as good live — maybe even better. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "New Alaska music: Concrete to Clouds examines social media, Blackwater records from the island and Emma Hill releases a new video.," 10 June 2020 Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 39. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Today’s famous birthdays list for June 8, 2020 includes celebrities Julianna Margulies, Kanye West," 8 June 2020 Now the singer, songwriter and guitarist for popular Wisconsin progressive bluegrass band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades has written a powerful song inspired by another terrible news event: the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hear this powerful song about George Floyd from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades' Adam Greuel," 1 June 2020 Live bluegrass by Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass. Luann Gibbs,, "In-person events this week: June 7-14," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of bluegrass


1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bluegrass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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