blues

1
[ blooz ]
/ bluz /

noun

the blues, (used with a plural verb) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy: This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
(used with a singular verb) Jazz.
  1. a song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
  2. the genre constituting such songs.

Origin of blues

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1800–10, Americanism; cf. blue devils

OTHER WORDS FROM blues

blues·y, adjective

Definition for blues (2 of 3)

blues2
[ blooz ]
/ bluz /

noun (used with a plural verb)

any of various blue military uniforms worn by members of the U.S. armed services: dress blues.
a blue uniform for work; blue work clothes: a doctor in surgical blues.
Informal. police: The blues keep this neighborhood safe.

Origin of blues

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see origin at blue, -s3

Definition for blues (3 of 3)

Origin of blue

1250–1300; Middle English blewe < Anglo-French blew, bl(i)u, bl(i)ef blue, livid, discolored, Old French blo, blau (French bleu) < Germanic *blǣwaz; compare Old English blǣwen, contraction of blǣhǣwen deep blue, perse (see blae, hue1), Old Frisian blāw, Middle Dutch blā(u), Old High German blāo (German blau), Old Norse blār

OTHER WORDS FROM blue

blue·ly, adverbblue·ness, nounhalf-blue, adjectiveun·blued, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH blue

blew blue
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British Dictionary definitions for blues (1 of 4)

blues
/ (bluːz) /

pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)

a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
a type of folk song devised by Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, usually employing a basic 12-bar chorus, the tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords, frequent minor intervals, and blue notes

Derived forms of blues

bluesy, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for blues (2 of 4)

Blues
/ (bluːz) /

pl n

the Blues British the Royal Horse Guards

British Dictionary definitions for blues (3 of 4)

blue
/ (bluː) /

noun

adjective bluer or bluest

verb blues, blueing, bluing or blued

See also blues

Derived forms of blue

bluely, adverbblueness, noun

Word Origin for blue

C13: from Old French bleu, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse blār, Old High German blāo, Middle Dutch blā; related to Latin flāvus yellow

British Dictionary definitions for blues (4 of 4)

Blue

Bluey

/ (bluː) /

noun

Australian informal a nickname for a person with red hair
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Culture definitions for blues

blues

A kind of jazz that evolved from the music of African-Americans, especially work songs and spirituals (see also spirituals), in the early twentieth century. Blues pieces often express worry or depression.

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Idioms and Phrases with blues (1 of 2)

blues

see have the blues.

Idioms and Phrases with blues (2 of 2)

blue

In addition to the idioms beginning with blue

  • blue funk, in a
  • blue in the face

also see:

  • between a rock and a hard place (devil and deep blue sea)
  • black and blue
  • bolt from the blue
  • have the blues
  • into thin air (the blue)
  • like greased lightning (a blue streak)
  • once in a blue moon
  • out of a clear blue sky
  • talk one's arm off (a blue streak
  • until blue in the face)
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