\ 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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Rhythm-and-blues singer Kia Thornton (Divine) is 38. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 15 July 2019 John Lee Hooker was a blues guitarist and five-time Grammy Award winner. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 Albert Castiglia released his most recent album in May. But putting out a new record for a seasoned blues musician was nowhere near as exciting for him as what happened in May a year ago. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Blues singer Albert Castiglia composes ‘Masterpiece’ after shocking news he became a dad - 30 years ago," 4 June 2019 Cutler grew up between Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan and upstate in Margaretville, New York, raised in a family of musicians—her father is a blues guitarist and her mother was a country singer. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet the Folk Musician Who Moonlights as a Textile Designer," 11 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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
\ ˈblüz How to pronounce blues (audio) \

Medical Definition of blues

: low spirits : melancholy

Other Words from blues

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

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