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

Word History


short for alternative rock

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alterna-rock was in 1993

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“Alterna-rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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