Meaning of blues


Pronunciation: (blz), [key]
— n.
  1. depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy: This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
    1. 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.
    2. the genre constituting such songs.


Pronunciation: (blz), [key]
— n. (used with a pl. v.)
  1. any of various blue military uniforms worn by members of the U.S. armed services: dress blues.
  2. a blue uniform for work; blue work clothes: a doctor in surgical blues.
  3. police: The blues keep this neighborhood safe.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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