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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A state of depression or melancholy. Often used with the.
  • n.pl. 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of blue.
  • n. A feeling of sadness or depression.
  • n. 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. A musical composition following blues forms.
  • n. A uniform made principally of a blue fabric.
  • n. Any of a number of sports teams which wear blue kit.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of blue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Short for blue devils.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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