country music

noun

Definition of country music

: music derived from or imitating the folk style of the Southern U.S. or of the Western cowboy especially : popular vocal music characterized by simple harmonies, accompaniment by stringed instruments (such as guitar, fiddle, banjo, and pedal steel), repeated choruses, and often narrative lyrics

called also country, country and western

Examples of country music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grilling out next to a campfire, and watching the sun go down from a truck bed listening to country music. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 5 Jan. 2022 Following the group’s implosion in 1969, Nesmith turned his full attention to country music. Chris Morris, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 He was presented with the Ernest Tubb Memorial Award in 1997 for his contributions to country music, according to the Grand Ole Opry website. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 6 Dec. 2021 He was presented with the Ernest Tubb Memorial Award in 1997 for his contributions to country music, according to the Grand Ole Opry website. NBC News, 5 Dec. 2021 Her exposure to country music was also influenced by her much older brother. Pam Windsor, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Besides rock-and-roll, Mr. Frayne and his bandmates began to listen to country music by Buck Owens and the Texas swing of Bob Wills and added their songs to their repertoire. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 But his talents have been on prominent display to anyone who’s listened to country music in the last three-plus decades. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 Carter’s song as a touchstone of his introduction to country music. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of country music

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Country music.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/country%20music. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for country music

country music

noun

English Language Learners Definition of country music

: a style of music that developed in the southern and western U.S. and that often contains lyrics relating to the lives of people who live in the country

country music

noun

Kids Definition of country music

: a style of music that developed in the southern and western United States, that is similar to folk music, and that often has lyrics about people who live in the country

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