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blues

 (blo͞oz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. A state of depression or melancholy. Often used with the.
2. 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).

[Short for blue devils, a feeling of depression.]

blues′man n.
blues′y adj.
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blues

(bluːz)
pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
1. a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
2. (Jazz) a type of folk song devised by Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, usually employing a basic 12-bar chorus, the tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords, frequent minor intervals, and blue notes
ˈbluesy adj

Blues

(bluːz)
pl n
the Blues Brit the Royal Horse Guards
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blues

(bluz)

n.
1. the blues, (used with a pl. v.) depressed spirits; melancholy.
2. (used with a sing. v.)
a. a song of woe and yearning marked by persistent blue notes and structured in a 12-bar chorus with three-line stanzas of which the third line typically repeats the first.
b. the genre of jazz and popular music comprising such songs.
3. any of various blue military uniforms worn by members of the U.S. armed services.
4. a blue work uniform.
[1800–10]
blues′y, adj.
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blues

The blues is a distinctive, indigenous black-American song form, important not only in its own right, but also because it was a major element in the evolution of jazz and, later, rock’n’roll.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blues - a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th centuryblues - 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
African-American music, black music - music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
folk ballad, folk song, folksong - a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
blue note - a flattened third or seventh
boogie, boogie-woogie - an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)
2.blues - a state of depressionblues - a state of depression; "he had a bad case of the blues"
depression - a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
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blues

noun
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Translations
blues
blues
BluesBlaumiese
blues-musiikki
bluesbluz
ブルース
블루스
blues
เพลงช้าที่มีจังหวะหนัก
nhạc blues

blues

[ˈbluːz] npl
the blues (MUSIC)le blues
the blues (= depression) → le cafard
to have the blues (= depression) → avoir le cafard mid-term bluesblues band ngroupe m de bluesblues guitar nguitare f blues
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

blues

[bluːz] npl (Mus) the bluesil blues
to have the blues (fam) (depression) → essere giù
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

blues

بلوز blues blues Blues μπλουζ blues blues-musiikki blues blues blues ブルース 블루스 blues blues blues blues, melancolia блюз blues เพลงช้าที่มีจังหวะหนัก melankoli nhạc blues 蓝调音乐
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blues

n. término usada por depresión.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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For teachers looking to introduce their students to colorful melodies, jazz harmonies and blues chords, these arrangements can complement the piano lessons in the pre-college and college studios.
What is not being done in the schools is providing music teachers with the materials they need, such as keyboards, guitars, vibraphones, drums, and microphone systems, to use with students so they can learn basic blues chords and simple progressions to support the vocal line.
Backed by bluegrass instrumentation of mandolin, bass and guitar, the song built off traditional blues chords, ventured into the gritty side of jug-band music and told a compelling and comical story along the way.