Definition of bluegrass
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
Recent Examples of bluegrass from the Web
The Dixie Ramblers The Southern Maryland bluegrass band performs outdoors as part of the Bay Breeze Summer Concert Series, which runs through Sept. 12. 7:30 p.m.
Brevard’s Steep Canyon Rangers, a Grammy-winning bluegrass band that often appears with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin.
This year's festival will feature bluegrass from headliner The Del McCoury Band.
Grasses that are native to the Boise Foothills, such as Sandberg bluegrass and needle-and-thread grass, tend to grow in bunches instead of carpet-like formations that characterize invasive species.
Bring a lawn chair, enjoy an afternoon of world-class bluegrass and support the church.
Fans of iconic country and bluegrass duos like the Louvin Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys will hear something similar in what Welch and Rawlings do.
Free pony rides, bounce houses, Kona Ice, live music from Herald bluegrass band and more.
Jacob and James, along with their father Timothy Stockdale, were members of the Stockdale Family band known for bluegrass music.
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First Known Use of bluegrass
BLUEGRASS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bluegrass for English Language Learners
: a type of traditional American music that is played on stringed instruments (such as banjos and fiddles)
BLUEGRASS Defined for Kids
Definition of bluegrass for Students
1 : a grass with bluish green stems
2 : a type of traditional American music that is played on stringed instruments
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