: popular music originating in South Korea and encompassing a variety of styles
The opening ceremony, which took place Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, featured several songs from notable K-pop artists as teams circled the stadium.Kimberly Yam

Examples of K-pop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three K-pop acts earned their first No. 1s on the Billboard 200 in 2023. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Or, consider how the group uniquely takes full charge of their concept and production in a K-pop landscape that increasingly outsources those tasks to others. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Elsewhere on Emerging Artists, new K-pop group TWS: 24/7:WITH:US debuts at No. 2, thanks to its new EP Sparkling Blue. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 In K-pop parlance, a comeback refers to a new song or album being released, with many groups issuing new material a couple of times (or more) per year. Jae-Ha Kim, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 There’s something about being labeled a global girl group that may feel like a big calling, as opposed to being just a pop star or a K-pop star. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 Remember when TikTok teens and K-pop stans falsely registered for Donald Trump’s campaign event? Megan Thiele Strong, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Here are 10 ways to feed your K-pop obsession in L.A. until then, from cupsleeve events to dance parties. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Or choose to have K-pop idols magically inserted next to you in the photos. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


short for Korean pop

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of K-pop was in 1999

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“K-pop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/K-pop. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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