hip-hop

noun
\ ˈhip-ˌhäp How to pronounce hip-hop (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hip hop

Definition of hip-hop

1 : a cultural movement associated especially with rap music
2 : the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap also : rap together with this music

Other Words from hip-hop

hip-hop adjective

First Known Use of hip-hop

1979, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for hip-hop

perhaps from hip entry 2 + hop entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hip-hop

Time Traveler for hip-hop

Time Traveler

The first known use of hip-hop was in 1979

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hip-hop

Cite this Entry

“Hip-hop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hip-hop. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hip-hop

hip-hop

noun
How to pronounce hip-hop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hip-hop

: rap music also : the culture associated with rap music

hip-hop

noun
\ ˈhip-ˌhäp \

Kids Definition of hip-hop

1 : rap music
2 : the culture associated with rap music

More from Merriam-Webster on hip-hop

Nglish: Translation of hip-hop for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hip-hop

Comments on hip-hop

What made you want to look up hip-hop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!