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ragtime

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noun rag·time \ˈrag-ˌtīm\

Simple Definition of ragtime

  • : a type of lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century

Full Definition of ragtime

  1. 1 :  rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style

  2. 2 :  music having ragtime rhythm


RAGTIME Defined for Kids

ragtime

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noun rag·time \ˈrag-ˌtīm\

Definition of ragtime

  1. :  music that has a lively melody and a steady rhythm like a march




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