Jazz is defined as a style of music originated by black Americans that has a forceful rhythm and that often uses instruments like trumpets, a string bass and a saxophone.(noun)
An example of jazz is the music of Louis Armstrong.
See jazz in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: etym. uncert.: < ? Creole patois jass, sexual term applied to the Congo dances (New Orleans)
See jazz in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Origin unknown.
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