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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.


n, pl -men
(Music, other) a musician who plays the blues
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And like a true bluesman, when his grandfather dies, Clayton turns to music for solace.
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Livewire frontman with Teessiders John and the Ragmen, Harrison has built up an extraordinary reputation for blissed-out, funk-tinged folk songs, with a voice that would put many a 90-year-old bluesman to shame.
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