blues definition by Webster's New World
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- Informal a depressed, unhappy feeling: used with the
- black folk music characterized by minor harmonies, typically slow tempo, and melancholy words: often used with the
- the form of jazz that evolved from this: often used with the
- a song or composition in this style
Origin: short for blue devils
blues definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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plural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
- A state of depression or melancholy. Often used with the.
- A style of music that evolved from southern African-American secular songs and is usually distinguished by a strong 4/4 rhythm, flatted thirds and sevenths, a 12-bar structure, and lyrics in a three-line stanza in which the second line repeats the first: “The blues is an expression of anger against shame and humiliation” (B.B. King).
Origin: Short for blue devils.
- bluesˈman noun
- bluesˈy adjective
blues - Cultural Definition
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blues - Phrases/Idioms
see have the blues.