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beatnik

noun beat·nik \ˈbēt-nik\

: a young person who was part of a social group in the 1950s and early 1960s that rejected the traditional rules of society and encouraged people to express themselves through art

Full Definition of BEATNIK

:  a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society; broadly :  a usually young and artistic person who rejects the mores of conventional society

Origin of BEATNIK

3beat + -nik
First Known Use: 1958

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