\ 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

Examples of blues in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soft neon pinks, sunshine yellows and deep turquoise blues cover this minimalist shop. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 27 Nov. 2021 Branching out from jazz, Mr. Hampton had a short stint as a musical director for Motown Records, working with Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops, and for rhythm-and-blues singer Lloyd Price. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 Like Winehouse, and like many other British women in her wake, Adele was primarily interested in the traditions of Black American music, including blues, Motown, roots, and gospel. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2021 For others, the holidays can be a time of family conflict, strained wallets, loneliness, and seasonal affective disorder, also known as seasonal depression or winter blues. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 23 Nov. 2021 Context is everything in this fascinating and likely definitive biography of blues giant B.B. King. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Colors — an array of desaturated pinks, sky blues, forest greens and dirt browns — entered the images. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 The fish-out-of-water comedy has been a welcome escape for many fans dealing with pandemic blues and other stressful events marking the past 15 months. Haleluya Hadero, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 The gorgeous mauve is the perfect pick-me-up when those winter blues hit. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2021

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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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29 Nov 2021

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“Blues.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blues. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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
\ ˈblüz How to pronounce blues (audio) \

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 in form but singular or plural in construction
\ ˈblüz How to pronounce blues (audio) \

Medical Definition of blues

: low spirits : melancholy

Other Words from blues

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

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