bluegrass

noun
blue·grass | \ˈblü-ˌgras \

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

Bluegrass

geographical name
Blue·grass | \ˈblü-ˌgras \

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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Tickets are $10 at 860-933-3147 or stillpickinband@gmail.com and profits will help support the homestead of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Bentley melds his inviting voice with elements of bluegrass and Southern rock. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 7-13: Dierks Bentley, David Byrne, Yes, Ledisi, John Butler Trio," 5 June 2018 Members of the Native Howl, from Leonard in northeast Oakland County, blend the precision and melodicism of bluegrass with the intense tempo and energy of thrash metal. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Magic Bag hosts Native Howl, Gasoline Gypsies; War & Treaty at Otus Supply," 31 May 2018 That treatment will prevent germination of annual bluegrass (Poa annua), rescuegrass, foxtail and ryegrass. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "If your yard is in the weeds, here are some tips to control them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The band’s ability to coalesce these sounds effectively has made them stars in the vast world of bluegrass. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "Before Charm City Bluegrass Festival, SteelDrivers talk new singer, working within and outside traditions," 25 Apr. 2018 Local musicians provide country-folk-bluegrass as 100 dine. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 Bon Air’s Thirsty Third Thursdays Live bluegrass music, craft beer tasting, kid-friendly beverages and activities, and more. SFChronicle.com, "Events listings," 12 July 2018 The group is carrying out its task to help proliferate bluegrass music here in eastern Connecticut. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bluegrass

Noun

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bluegrass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bluegrass

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

bluegrass

noun
blue·grass | \ˈblü-ˌgras \

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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