- 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.
- the genre constituting such songs.
Origin of blues1
Related formsblues·y, adjective
Definition for blues (2 of 3)
noun (used with a plural verb)
Definition for blues (3 of 3)
- the sky.
- the sea.
- the remote distance: They've vanished into the blue somewhere.
adjective, blu·er, blu·est.
verb (used with object), blued, blu·ing or blue·ing.
verb (used without object), blued, blu·ing or blue·ing.
Origin of blue
SYNONYMS FOR blue
Related formsblue·ly, adverbblue·ness, nounhalf-blue, adjectiveun·blued, adjective
Can be confusedblew blue
Examples from the Web for blues
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.
This performance of Bob Dylan's 1971 blues tune features Clapton on guitar.
Blues music is often treated like a museum piece, a relic from a bygone day, but this band will make you want to get up and dance.
Nor are blues always attainable by throwing vapor over shade.Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)|John Ruskin
Depression is often the only symptom; to some girls the premonitory "blues" signify the approach of the period.The Social Emergency|Various
What he said was, "Do you wish me also to lose my career and leave the Blues?"The Rhodesian|Gertrude Page
"Nothing like good salt air and a long swim to get the best of the blues, Captain," he announced, cheerfully.The Boy Chums Cruising in Florida Waters|Wilmer M. Ely
Floundering and slipping in the mud, the Blues steadily pounded their way down to the "Maroon's" goal.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron|J. W. Duffield
British Dictionary definitions for blues (1 of 4)
pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)
Derived Formsbluesy, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for blues (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for blues (3 of 4)
- a sportsperson who represents or has represented Oxford or Cambridge University and has the right to wear the university colour (dark blue for Oxford, light blue for Cambridge)an Oxford blue
- the honour of so representing one's university
adjective bluer or bluest
verb blues, blueing, bluing or blued
Derived Formsbluely, adverbblueness, noun
Word Origin for blue
British Dictionary definitions for blues (4 of 4)
Culture 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 (1 of 2)
see have the blues.
Idioms and Phrases with blues (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with blue
- blue funk, in a
- blue in the face
- 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)