Definition of ragtime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraɡtʌɪm/


[mass noun]
A kind of music evolved by black American musicians in the 1890s and played especially on the piano, characterized by a syncopated melodic line and regularly accented accompaniment: [as modifier]: ragtime piano classics
More 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.


informal, dated
Disorderly; disreputable: a ragtime army


Probably from rag4 (from the syncopation) + time.

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