break·​beat ˈbrāk-ˌbēt How to pronounce breakbeat (audio)
variants or break beat
: a repetitive drum pattern in hip-hop and dance music
also : music based on breakbeats

Word History


break entry 2 (solo musical passage)

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breakbeat was in 1985

Dictionary Entries Near breakbeat

Cite this Entry

“Breakbeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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