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I go to Spain a lot, in winter, for a blast of sunlight to banish the blues brought on by the Irish greys and drizzle. I love the cities of the Spanish interior.
Kevin Barry

Meaning of "blues" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF BLUES

blues  [bluːz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BLUES

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Blues is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES BLUES MEAN IN ENGLISH?

blues

Blues

Blues is a musical form and genre that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound. Blues as a genre is based on the blues form but possesses other characteristics such as lyrics, bass lines, and instruments. Blues sub-genres include country blues, such as Delta, Piedmont and Texas blues, and urban blues styles such as Chicago and West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues-rock evolved.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BLUES


abuse
əˈbjuːz
Andrews
ˈændruːz
bijoux
ˈbiːʒuːz
choose
tʃuːz
cruise
kruːz
excuse
ɪkˈskjuːz
flews
fluːz
fuse
fjuːz
Hughes
hjuːz
jalouse
dʒəˈluːz
jealouse
dʒəˈluːz
lose
luːz
muse
mjuːz
news
njuːz
refuse
rɪˈfjuːz
Toulouse
tuːˈluːz
use
juːz
values
ˈvæljuːz
who´s
huːz
whose
huːz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BLUES

blueline
blueliner
bluely
bluemouth
blueness
bluenose
bluepoint
blueprint
bluer
blues band
blues guitar
blueshift
bluesman
bluesmen
bluesnarfing
bluest
bluestem
bluestocking
bluestone
bluesy

WORDS THAT END LIKE BLUES

baby blues
city blues
classic blues
country blues
Delta blues
family values
lues
midterm blues
production values
rhythm and blues
swamp blues
the blues
tristimulus values
urban blues
Victorian values
winter blues

Synonyms and antonyms of blues in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BLUES»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «blues» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of blues

Translation of «blues» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BLUES

Find out the translation of blues to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of blues from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «blues» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

蓝调音乐
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

blues
570 millions of speakers

English

blues
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उदास
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بلوز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

блюз
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

blues
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্লুজ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

blues
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Blues
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Blues
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ブルース
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

블루스
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Blues
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhạc blues
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ப்ளூஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

संथ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hüzün
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

blues
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

blues
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

блюз
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

blues
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μπλουζ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

blues
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

blues
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

blues
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of blues

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BLUES»

The term «blues» is very widely used and occupies the 4.769 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BLUES» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about blues

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10 QUOTES WITH «BLUES»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word blues.
1
Luther Allison
But my big thing was always the blues.
2
Luther Allison
But I did that, and I created another blues scene, another something I can sing about.
3
Kevin Barry
I go to Spain a lot, in winter, for a blast of sunlight to banish the blues brought on by the Irish greys and drizzle. I love the cities of the Spanish interior.
4
Tobin Bell
If you're an impressionistic painter and you want to paint expressionism, you've got to change. You've got to figure out a way to do it and do it. If you've been playing jazz all your life and you want to start to play rock n' roll, blues, then do it.
5
William Bell
I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place.
6
Ruth Brown
There was a time we decided that it was songs that were done especially from my background because of the things we were dealing with, but nowadays, anybody who has a need, and can find the need, they can sing the blues.
7
Eric Burdon
The basis of everything that I plugged into when I was younger was blues, and it always stayed with me.
8
Dan Castellaneta
Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.
9
Eric Clapton
The blues are what I've turned to, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life.
10
Gary Clark, Jr.
For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BLUES»

Discover the use of blues in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to blues and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
November Blues
When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse.
Sharon M. Draper, 2009
2
Deep blues
Palmer tells the story of the blues through the lives of its greatest practitioners: Robert Johnson, who sang of being pursued by the hounds of hell; Muddy Waters, who electrified Delta blues and gave the music its rock beat; Robert ...
Robert Palmer, 1981
3
Blues: The Basics
A brief introduction to a century of the blues, the players, the music, and the styles that make blues an enduring and well-loved musical style.
Dick Weissman, 2005
4
The History of the Blues
Challenging many accepted notions about the Blues, a combination of cultural commentary, musical analysis, abundant research, and wonderful visual images provides a new perspective on an enduring musical form and its place in American ...
Francis Davis, 2003
5
Africa and the Blues
In this book, Kubik relentlessly traces the remote genealogies of African cultural music through eighteen African nations, especially in the Western and Central Sudanic Belt.
Gerhard Kubik, 1999
6
Half Blood Blues
In Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong .
Esi Edugyan, 2011
7
Blues
This fantastic blues volume contains exercises on barre chords, power chords, progressions, strum patterns, hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, double stops, scales, licks and also a wide variety of tunes.
Mel Bay Publications Inc, 2005
8
The Death of Rhythm and Blues
This passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society.
Nelson George, 2003
9
Blues
Gives the history of blues music, from its origins in the oral traditions of slaves through its development into a leading style in the 1920s in the United States and its influence upon current musical trends.
Chris Handyside, 2006
10
Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues
Examines themes, backgrounds, and motivation of the blues from the 1920s to the 1950s
Paul Oliver, 1990

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BLUES»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term blues is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Blues midfielder Pita Ahki signs two-year deal with the Hurricanes
North Harbour and Blues midfielder Pita Ahki has signed a two-year deal with the Hurricanes with coach Chris Boyd's Super Rugby roster for ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
2
Blues festival still growing
THE Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival is in its 16th year and ... said the festival would host some of Australia's best blues musicians. «Bendigo Advertiser, Jul 15»
3
Blues sign defenseman Benoit to one-year contract
LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed ... «NHL.com, Jul 15»
4
Chelsea transfer news and rumours: 'Blues go toe-to-toe with Roma …
Chelsea transfer news and rumours: 'Blues go toe-to-toe with Roma for Abdul Baba Rahman'. Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
5
State of Origin 2015 Game 3: Blues to target Maroons debutant …
Blues coach Laurie Daley has made no secret of his ploy to highlight Gagai's inexperience, declaring the Maroons rookie is the player NSW are ... «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
6
Concert preview: Blues singer Cécile Doo-Kingué not afraid to …
PREVIEW. Cécile Doo-Kingué. Where: Big Al's House Of Blues (15004 Yellowhead Tr.) When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. Tickets: No cover ... «Edmonton Journal, Jul 15»
7
Blues fest heats up, raises $850000 to fight hunger
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy closed the four-day The 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, ... «Portland Tribune, Jul 15»
8
Birmingham City in Marbella - Gary Rowett's Blues job 'remarkable …
Gary Rowett has been given the ultimate vote of confidence - from Blues legend Trevor Francis. The former Birmingham City great dropped in ... «Birmingham Mail, Jul 15»
9
State of Origin 2015 Game 3: Jarryd Hayne joins Blues camp ahead …
Sadly it's not as a player but Hayne re-entered the Blues camp in Brisbane while in Australia recovering from a minor foot operation. “It's great ... «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
10
The Bristol Blues enjoy success on holiday weekend
The Bristol Blues finished an exciting Independence Day weekend at Muzzy Field with two wins and one loss, improving to 16-10 and ... «Newbritainherald, Jul 15»

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