al·​ter·​na-rock | \ ȯl-ˈtər-nə-ˌräk How to pronounce alterna-rock (audio) , al- \

Definition of alterna-rock

: alternative rock … the music is melodic, experimental alterna-rock with some danceable touches.Houston Chronicle, 6 Jan. 2010 alterna-rock tunes … a trio of unrepentant country fans whose alterna-rock approach doesn't imply ironic slacker detachment so much as a refusal to play by anybody's rules. — Mark Lepage, The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), 19 Feb. 1994

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First Known Use of alterna-rock

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alterna-rock

short for alternative rock

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“Alterna-rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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