Definition of bebop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbēˌbäp/


A type of jazz originating in the 1940s and characterized by complex harmony and rhythms. It is associated particularly with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Example sentences
  • As the trad boom took off, a schism developed between fans who maintained the ‘traditional’ style of New Orleans music was the only true jazz and modern fans inspired by Charlie Parker's bebop.
  • During this time he has played bebop with Charlie Parker, free jazz with Ornette Coleman and Jimmy Giuffre, and fusion with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius.
  • Charlie Parker may have pioneered bebop jazz, but Miles Davis helped him to establish it.



Example sentences
  • Woods, a self confessed ‘old bebopper’, was deeply in thrall to the work of Charlie Parker, but the ERM's remit included nods to the emergent avant garde.
  • His jazz favourites were both revolutionary beboppers, such as Monk and Parker, and established, crowd-pleasers such as Lionel Hampton and Billy Eckstine.
  • I'm not good at anything else, but if I had the skill, I'd have loved to have been a jazz pianist, a bebopper in the '50s.


1940s (originally US): imitative of the typical rhythm of this music.

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Syllabification: be·bop

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