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Definition of "blues" []

  • A state of depression or melancholy. Often used with the. (noun-plural)
  • A style of music that evolved from southern African-American secular songs and is usually distinguished by a strong 4/4 rhythm, flatted thirds and sevenths, a 12-bar structure, and lyrics in a three-line stanza in which the second line repeats the first: "The blues is an expression of anger against shame and humiliation” ( B.B. King). (noun-plural)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "blues" in a sentence
  • "Well-bred persons, abhorring the pedantry of the blues, are usually _anti - blues_, or _ultra-antis_."
  • "We may think sure it could be a blues no matter what, but our initial reaction will be to compare the so called blues to what we know as blues - IOW a rule."
  • "Together, Native American and African music mixed and eventually formed what we know as the blues: The foundation for the modern music of today."