blue·​grass ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce bluegrass (audio)
: any of several grasses (genus Poa) of which some have bluish-green culms
especially : kentucky bluegrass
[from the Blue Grass Boys, performing group, from Bluegrass state, nickname of Kentucky] : country music characterized by the use of unamplified stringed instruments (such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin), by free improvisation, and by close usually high-pitched harmony

Examples of bluegrass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parton has primarily released country music in her nearly 60-year career, through has taken detours (with albums and/or songs) into such genres as Americana/folk, bluegrass, children’s music, Christian, dance/electronic and pop. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 Willie Nelson has two separate albums submitted, one for country and one for bluegrass. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 The documentary filmmaker has made films about everything from blues to jazz, bluegrass to reggae, and salsa to soul. John Kelly, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 His album Bluegrass is nominated for, well, best bluegrass album. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Nov. 2023 Some were these churlish rock records, others hootenanny folk records, bluegrass/country standards with Mac Wiseman. Chris Willman, Variety, 10 Oct. 2023 The first generation [of bluegrass] has been wiped out. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2023 The Momentary Wednesday announced the initial lineup for the bluegrass and progressive roots coming to multiple outdoor stages, courtyards and galleries the museum's campus. Monica Hooper, Arkansas Online, 26 Oct. 2023 Throughout her career, she’s been drawn to dark and morose storytelling, which made the worlds of bluegrass and old-time music, two genres with no shortage of songs about premature deaths and horrific tragedy, a natural fit for a young Gerrard. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bluegrass was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Bluegrass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


blue·​grass -ˌgras How to pronounce bluegrass (audio)
: any of several grasses with usually bluish green stems
especially : Kentucky bluegrass
: country music played on a small group of instruments (as banjo, fiddle, and mandolin) with melody or harmony often made up by players during a performance

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Blue·​grass ˈblü-ˌgras How to pronounce Bluegrass (audio)
region of central Kentucky where Kentucky bluegrass abounds that is noted for the breeding of fine horses

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