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blue note

noun, Jazz.
a flatted note, especially the third or the seventh degree of the scale, recurring frequently in blues and jazz as a characteristic feature.
Origin of blue note
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As Wilkins dropped the match, McNally turned a little and slipped the blue note into his pocket.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • He reached for his paper knife, ripped open the envelope and drew forth a sheet of blue note paper.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for blue note

blue note

(jazz) a flattened third or seventh, used frequently in the blues
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue note

blue note

noun phrase

A flatted note of the sort common in lues musi (1890s+ Musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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