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


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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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Look forward to a wide range of musical performances ranging in genre from jazz to reggae to acoustic rock to bluegrass and more. Grace Dickinson,, "Taylor Swift, 'Star Wars' with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and other great events in Philadelphia, July 13-20," 12 July 2018 Acoustic-string band Pebble Creek Crossing does everything from folk and country to blues, bluegrass and pop. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cat shelter puts on annual rummage-sale fundraiser in Oak Creek," 11 June 2018 That's prime trap-game territory for Georgia to have to travel to the chilly bluegrass and play what could end up being a sneaky-good UK team. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Here are a dozen college football games we can't wait to see in 2018," 14 May 2018 Awkward Lemon played a more traditional form of a Americana, bluegrass and folk music. Aaron Carnes, sacbee, "Finding inspiration in 'the growing pains'," 10 May 2018 Several puppets join their adventures, which unfold to Anthony Rizzo’s score, inspired by bluegrass and Irish fiddle tunes. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 10 May 2018 The event, which featured a bluegrass band and pulled pork, raised about $3,800, said Judi Mahaffey, the church’s senior warden. Leah Brennan, Howard County Times, "Ellicott City's churches helping neighbors in need after flooding," 4 July 2018 Summer shows include the a capella group Midwest Vocal Express July 14, the bluegrass band Pickin' Up Speed July 21 and classic rockers British Invasion '64 July 28. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southwest suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 The edgy bluegrass band Split Lip Rayfield headlines a second Live on Mass concert on Tuesday, July 3. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 28-July 4: Middle of the Map, Flaming Lips, Nelly, Whiskey Myers," 26 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 \

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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