- 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
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 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.