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
Origin and Etymology of blues
First Known Use: 1741
BLUES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blues for English Language Learners
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
BLUES Defined for Kids
Definition of blues for Students
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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