noun, often attributive
af·​ter·​beat | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌbēt \

Definition of afterbeat

: a musical note or tone falling on a weak beat or on a weak portion of a beat

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First Known Use of afterbeat

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterbeat

after- + beat entry 2

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“Afterbeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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