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Definition of blues
- 1 (often the blues) [treated as singular or plural] melancholic music of black American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence. It developed in the rural southern US towards the end of the 19th century, finding a wider audience in the 1940s, as blacks migrated to the cities. This urban blues gave rise to rhythm and blues and rock and roll: blues has always had a strong following in Australia [as modifier]:a blues singer
mid 18th century (in blues (sense 2)): elliptically from blue devils 'depression or delirium tremens'