blues

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction \ ˈblüz \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of blues

blue devils



BLUES Defined for English Language Learners

blues

noun

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

blues

noun plural \ ˈblüz \

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

Medical Dictionary

blues

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ ˈblüz \

medical Definition of blues

: low spirits : melancholy

blue

play \ˈblü\ adjective


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