bluegrass

noun blue·grass \ -ˌgras \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

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

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First Known Use of bluegrass

1751

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Bluegrass

geographical name Blue·grass \ ˈblü-ˌgras \

Definition of Bluegrass

region of central Kentucky where Kentucky bluegrass abounds that is noted for the breeding of fine horses

BLUEGRASS Defined for English Language Learners

bluegrass

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

bluegrass

noun blue·grass \ ˈblü-ˌgras \

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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