American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A flatted note, especially the third or seventh note of a scale, in place of an expected major interval.
- n. idiomatic, music Notes added to the major scale for expressive quality in jazz and blues music, particularly the flatted third, fifth and seventh.
- n. a flattened third or seventh
- From its use in blues music. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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