Definition of ragtime in English:

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ragtime

Pronunciation: /ˈraɡˌtīm/

noun

Music characterized by a syncopated melodic line and regularly accented accompaniment, evolved by black American musicians in the 1890s and played especially on the piano.
Example sentences
  • In their dancing, in their minstrelsy and then in ragtime, black Americans were insisting on setting European-style music free by refusing to be restricted to a ground beat.
  • The story of their rise to popularity as jazz music evolved from ragtime to bebop is firmly traced in Brotherhood in Rhythm.
  • Much of the wonderful music is ragtime, which took America by storm in the early years of the twentieth Century.

Origin

Probably from rag4 (from the syncopation) + time.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: rag·time

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