Definition of rhythm and blues in English:

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rhythm and blues

Pronunciation:
(abbreviation R & B)

noun

A form of popular music of African-American origin that arose during the 1940s from blues, with the addition of driving rhythms taken from jazz. It was an immediate precursor of rock and roll.
Example sentences
  • Our sound is a crazy blend of hip hop, R & B and electronic sounds.
  • Second, while many festivals seek to preserve the Delta blues, most feature a variety of musical styles, including rhythm and blues, soul, gospel, and rock and roll.
  • For just as with rhythm and blues, hip hop is also riddled with racial, ethnic, class, gender, and generational contradictions.

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Syllabification: rhythm and blues

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