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blues

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[ blooz ]
/ bluz /
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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 African Americans, 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.

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Origin of blues

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First recorded in 1740–50; cf. blue (in the sense “depressed in spirits; dejected; melancholy”)

OTHER WORDS FROM blues

bluesy, adjective

Definition for blues (2 of 2)

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[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for blues (1 of 2)

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 2)

Blues
/ (bluːz) /

pl n

the Blues British the Royal Horse Guards
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Cultural 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

blues

see have the blues.

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