- 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 of bluesshort for blue devils
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 of bluesShort for blue devils, a feeling of depression.
- plural form of blue
- The painting was vibrantly colored in reds and greens and blues.
- (informal) A feeling of sadness or depression.
- (singular or plural, informal) One's particular life experience, particularly including the hardships one has faced.
- Your blues is just like mine.
- Your blues are just like mine.
- A musical form, African-American in origin, generally featuring an eight-bar or twelve-bar structure and using the blues scale.
- Many great blues musicians came from the Mississippi Delta region.
- A large portion of modern popular music is influenced by the blues.
- (music, always singular) A musical composition following blues forms.
- My next number is a blues in G.
- A uniform made principally of a blue fabric.
- The marched in their dress blues.
- (sports) Any of a number of sports teams which wear blue kit.
- (Australian rules football) Carlton Football Club.
- (soccer, Birmingham) Birmingham City FC.
- (soccer, Liverpudlian) Everton FC.
- (soccer, London) Chelsea FC.
- (soccer, Manchester) Manchester City FC.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of blue
- (informal) any of several sports teams whose uniform is predominantly blue.