- 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.
Origin of blues1
OTHER WORDS FROM bluesbluesy, adjective
Other definitions for blues (2 of 2)
How to use blues in a sentence
In this way, Ma Rainey feels so much like a blues song, down to the last frame.Viola Davis And Chadwick Boseman’s Love Letter To The Blues Is A Must-See|cmurray|December 18, 2020|Essence.com
On weekends, when the restaurant was bustling, he hired blues bands to play in the vacant lot next door.How a Chicago Political Hangout Went From Bustling to Boarded-Up — Even After the City Promised Help|by Mick Dumke|December 17, 2020|ProPublica
Can you speak about connecting a new generation to the history of dub reggae, blues parties, and your work in particular.‘Lovers Rock’—The Story Behind The Music In Steve McQueen’s Tribute To Reggae|cmurray|November 28, 2020|Essence.com
Known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, she inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James’s Son Donto Says Addiction Was Part of Famed Singer’s Life|Christine Pelisek|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She was known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, and inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73|Christine Pelisek|January 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In person, the MacArthur Fellowship-winner is funny, in a dark, bluesy way.
British Dictionary definitions for blues (1 of 2)
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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with blues
see have the blues.