- 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.
An example of jazz is the music of Louis Armstrong.
A jazz musician playing a saxophone.
jazz definition by Webster's New World
- a kind of music, originally improvised but now also arranged, characterized by syncopation, rubato, usually heavily accented rhythms, dissonances, individualized melodic variations, and unusual tonal effects on the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, etc.: it originated with Southern blacks in the late 19th cent.
- Slang a quality reminiscent of jazz music; lively spirit
- Slang remarks, acts, concepts, etc. regarded as hypocritical, tiresome, trite, pretentious, etc.
Origin: etymology uncertain : ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Creole patois jass, sexual term applied to the Congo dances (New Orleans)
- to speed up
- Slang to fill with jazz qualities; make exciting or elaborate; enliven or embellish: usually with up
jazz definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Music a. A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom.b. Big band dance music.
- Slang a. Animation; enthusiasm.b. Nonsense.c. Miscellaneous, unspecified things: brought the food and all the jazz to go with it.
- Music To play in a jazz style.
- Slang a. To exaggerate or lie to: Don't jazz me.b. To give great pleasure to; excite: The surprise party jazzed the guest of honor.c. To cause to accelerate.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- jazzˈer noun
- jazzˈish adjective
jazz - Computer Definition
An integrated Macintosh software package from Lotus. Modeled after Symphony, it never caught on.
jazz - Cultural Definition
A form of American music that grew out of African-Americans' musical traditions at the beginning of the twentieth century. Jazz is generally considered a major contribution of the United States to the world of music. It quickly became a form of dance music, incorporating a “big beat” and solos by individual musicians. For many years, all jazz was improvised and taught orally, and even today jazz solos are often improvised. Over the years, the small groups of the original jazz players evolved into the “Big Bands” (led, for example, by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller), and finally into concert ensembles. Other famous jazz musicians include Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald.