\ˈblüz \

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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Rhythm-and-blues musician Ricky Kinchen (Mint Condition) is 52. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 6 July 2018 Rhythm-and-blues musician William King (The Commodores) is 69. cleveland.com, "Today's top celebrity birthdays list (January 30, 2018)," 30 Jan. 2018 Rhythm-and-blues singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 64. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 9 July 2018 Greenleaf is a blues musician and songwriter, who has won several music awards and has performed on the international stage with her backing band, Blue Mercy. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Former American Idol finalist Casey James to perform at Levy Park on Feb. 10," 25 Jan. 2018 The famed blues guitarist, who died Friday at 88 in his adopted home of Miami, played the soul food chef and husband to waitress Aretha Franklin. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Blues Brothers 'Soul Man' Matt 'Guitar' Murphy remembered by Miami music legend," 16 June 2018 Justin Townes Earle: The singer-songwriter has carved out his own strong identity as a folk blues musician after years of touring with his dad, Steve Earle. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, June 13," 11 June 2018 Rhythm-and-blues singer Johnny Gill (New Edition) is 52. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 21 May 2018 Birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley is 77. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 20 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to blues

singing the blues

the blues

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English Language Learners Definition of blues

the 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


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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

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Medical Definition of blues 

: low spirits : melancholy

Other Words from blues

blue \ˈblü \ adjective

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