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 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


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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 Produced by Gary Paczosa and Stu Hibberd, the album includes cameos by Sarah Jarosz, Jerry Douglas, Billy Strings and other bluegrass players. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2021 That’s nearly two months before the 2021 Humphreys concert season will debut with Minnesota neo-bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles on Aug. 17, which is five months later than Humphreys would usually open. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 The last two acts are the Chris Haise Band, an Indie folk rock band from Milwaukee, and Listening Party, an Americana group inspired from folk, classic rock, soul and bluegrass from Milwaukee. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2021 On thousands of acres of lush bluegrass with gently rolling hills mapped by limestone and plank fences. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Dierks Bentley and the War and Treaty’s tribute to the Station Inn — a legendary bluegrass venue whose owner, J.T. Gray, died in March, days after presenting an award for the Grammys — was absolutely stunning. Justin Curto, Vulture, 19 Apr. 2021 Furr, 66, is also known as a bluegrass musician who co-founded the group Shades Mountain Air. al, 11 Jan. 2021 Weisert liked to play country, western, and bluegrass music on his guitar and watch wrestling on TV., 17 Apr. 2021 The previous record for most Grammy wins had been held by country-bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, with 27 wins. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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