noun rag·time \ˈrag-ˌtīm\

: 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

:  rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style
:  music having ragtime rhythm

Origin of RAGTIME

probably from ragged + time
First Known Use: 1897


Next Word in the Dictionary: ragtimerPrevious Word in the Dictionary: ragtag and bobtailAll Words Near: ragtime
May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears