American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of depression or melancholy. Often used with the.
- n. 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).
- n. Plural form of blue.
- n. informal A feeling of sadness or depression.
- n. singular or plural, informal One's particular life experience, particularly including the hardships one has faced.
- n. A musical form, African-American in origin, generally featuring an eight-bar or twelve-bar structure and using the blues scale.
- n. music, always singular A musical composition following blues forms.
- n. A uniform made principally of a blue fabric.
- n. sports Any of a number of sports teams which wear blue kit.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of blue.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a type of folk song that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholoy sound from repeated used of blue notes.
- n. a state of depression.
- n. a state of depression
- n. a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
- Short for blue devils. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“According to sources at Old Trafford, Man U reckons their title blues are down to the colour of Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's shirt.”
“And others picked up guitars and began to play a music we call the blues.”
“Yea you should be able to catch stripers and blues from the shore.”
“Yet the beauty of the blues is that it is one form of music in which artists are expected to improve with age.”
“Gioia walks the thin blues line with skill and conviction, yet rarely takes a road less graveled.”
“Moulin Rouge with its play on reds and blues is fascinating.”
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