- a type of American music, mostly composed but sometimes improvised, popular from about 1890 to 1920 and characterized by strong syncopation in even time: it was influential in the development of jazz
- its syncopated rhythm
Origin of ragtimeprobably from ragged time, in reference to syncopation
A style of jazz characterized by elaborately syncopated rhythm in the melody and a steadily accented accompaniment.
Origin of ragtimeFrom rag 4
(countable and uncountable, plural ragtimes)
- (music, uncountable) A musical form having a rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment.
- (music, countable) A piece of music in this style.
From ragged time according to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz