Definition of rock and roll in English:

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rock and roll

Pronunciation: /ˈˌräk ən ˈrōl/
(also rock 'n' roll)


A type of popular dance music originating in the 1950s, characterized by a heavy beat and simple melodies. Rock and roll was an amalgam of black rhythm and blues and white country music, usually based on a twelve-bar structure and an instrumentation of guitar, bass, and drums.
Example sentences
  • Popular music (be it rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, folk, rap, or whatever) has the power to express and regulate our emotions.
  • It was a time of innocence and fun, an era of rock and roll, black and white TV, and invaders from outer space!
  • Their music used electronic amplification, and was more closely allied to the emerging styles of rhythm and blues and rock and roll.


rock and roller

Pronunciation: /ˌräk ən ˈrōlər/
Example sentences
  • As for the musical numbers, they're standard video stuff with Nesmith playing a few funny characters, like a smooth lounge singer or a smitten '50s rock and roller.
  • I am, after all, a lifelong and unrepentant rock and roller, and I turned out okay.
  • But according to Geldof all this means nothing because first and foremost, he sees himself as a rock and roller.

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Syllabification: rock and roll

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