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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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 But western gear is fully trending for 2019 and perfect for a bluegrass music fest. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 But that moment in that corner of the bluegrass state isn't the only time Trump-centric politics have invaded a commencement exercise. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A Kentucky crowd cheered a valedictorian for quoting Trump. Then he told them it was Obama.," 4 June 2018 Thousands of people converged on a park near Knuckleheads to enjoy left-of-center bluegrass. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts May 17-23: Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Decemberists, Son Little, Bronco | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Thursday String Theory From bluegrass to Arabic to jazz, contemporary and classical music performed by students and faculty members takes center stage at the Berklee Global String Festival., "Five things to do around Boston, June 25-July 1," 22 June 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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