beatnik

noun beat·nik \ ˈbēt-nik \

Definition of beatnik

: a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society; broadly : a usually young and artistic person who rejects the mores of conventional society

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BEATNIK Defined for English Language Learners

beatnik

noun

Definition of beatnik for English Language Learners

  • : a young person who was part of a social group in the 1950s and early 1960s that rejected the traditional rules of society and encouraged people to express themselves through art


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