Ragtime meaning

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A style of jazz characterized by elaborately syncopated rhythm in the melody and a steadily accented accompaniment.
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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.
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Its syncopated rhythm.
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(music, uncountable) A musical form having a rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment.
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(music, countable) A piece of music in this style.
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Origin of ragtime

  • From rag

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From ragged time according to the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

    From Wiktionary