- 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.
- the genre constituting such songs.
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Origin of blues1
OTHER WORDS FROM bluesbluesy, adjective
Words nearby blues
Definition for blues (2 of 2)
noun (used with a plural verb)
Example sentences from the Web for blues
Ragtime, blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock and roll were all pioneered or inspired by black artists.
Artists like Mick Jagger and Van Morrison obsessively revered and imitated African-American blues and rock musicians.
You spice it with blues and skiffle music, and pickle it in alcohol and tobacco smoke.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Goin' Down Slow" Cocker and Elton John duetted on this blues cover on French music show Trafic Musique in 2005.
English blues and rock singer Joe Cocker has died at age 70.
She dressed in simple lines and quiet tones, dark blues and black, with only a broad lace collar and cuffs in neat relief.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
The woods of the Undercliff sank softly to the blues and purple, the silver streaks and gorgeous shadows of the sea floor.Marriage la mode|Mrs. Humphry Ward
I shall hear of his having the blues and nervous attacks next, I suppose.
She made a white-robed, dusky figure against the deep blues of my big window.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
I like the Wall of Troy design you are using, and the blues and gray will be a good combination.Patchwork|Anna Balmer Myers
British Dictionary definitions for blues (1 of 2)
pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)
Derived forms of bluesbluesy, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for blues (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for 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.
Idioms and Phrases with blues
see have the blues.