the blues, (used with a plural verb) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy:
This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
(used with a singular verb) Jazz.
a song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
the genre constituting such songs.
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plural noun (sometimes functioning as sing) the blues
a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
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
(Brit) the Blues, the Royal Horse Guards
see: have the blues
noun a small brownish European songbird, Cyanosylvia svecica, related to the thrushes, the male of which has a blue throat: family Muscicapidae Historical Examples Egyptian Birds Charles Whymper Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska James W. Bee
noun a common European tit, Parus caeruleus, having a blue crown, wings, and tail, yellow underparts, and a black and grey head
blewit. an edible pale-bluish mushroom, Tricholoma personatum. Historical Examples Beatrice Boville and Other Stories Ouida Beatrice Boville and Other Stories Ouida From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
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