\ ˈblüz How to pronounce blues (audio) \

Definition of blues

1 : low spirits : melancholy suffering a case of the blues
2 : a song often of lamentation characterized by usually 12-bar phrases, 3-line stanzas in which the words of the second line usually repeat those of the first, and continual occurrence of blue notes in melody and harmony
3 : jazz or popular music using harmonic and phrase structures of blues

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Examples of blues in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rainey was one of the earliest Black professional blues singers and one of the first ever to record music. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "See the trailer: Viola Davis spot on in Netflix’s nod to Alabama blues legend," 19 Oct. 2020 An amateur pianist, Lamont talked about playing the blues as a way of cheering himself up. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Struggling Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations can apply for relief funds between $5,000 and $750,000," 19 Oct. 2020 For her doctoral thesis, Hartman planned to write about the blues. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life," 19 Oct. 2020 Avoid triggering situations and distract yourself from the blues by stepping outside for some air or taking an extended lunch break with a work friend. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for October 17, 2020," 17 Oct. 2020 Bright reds and blues punctuate the compositions, but the dominant tones are earthy. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Exhibit upends male-centric myths, legends and folklore," 16 Oct. 2020 Inspired by acclaimed folk-blues guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps, Lake eventually quit college to lead a musician’s life in Portland for six years. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "New Orleans guitarist Colin Lake's new 'Forces of Nature' CD follows his two years at sea," 13 Oct. 2020 Temperatures are converted into a gradient of colors, ranging from cool blues to warm oranges. Robin Marantz Henig, National Geographic, "To end this pandemic, we must trust science," 13 Oct. 2020 The greens and blues in one of the default wallpapers of a forest, for example, were almost mesmerizing to look at. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best laptops of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of blues

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blues

blue devils

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The first known use of blues was in 1741

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blues.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blues. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blues

: a feeling of sadness or depression
: a style of music that was created by African-Americans in the southern U.S. and that often expresses feelings of sadness


noun plural
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Kids Definition of blues

1 : low spirits He was suffering from the blues.
2 : a style of music that was created by African-Americans and that expresses feelings of sadness


noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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Medical Definition of blues

: low spirits : melancholy

Other Words from blues

blue \ ˈblü How to pronounce blue (audio) \ adjective

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