variants or less commonly hip hop
: a cultural movement associated especially with rap music
: the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap
also : rap together with this music
hip-hop adjective

Examples of hip-hop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, a local hip-hop genre called mahraganat developed, appealing to—and expressing the frustrations of—the nearly two-thirds of 15-to-29-year-olds who are unemployed. Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 With Fresh Picks, Billboard aims to highlight some of the best and most interesting new sounds across R&B and hip-hop — from Bryson Tiller‘s new heater to Rae Khalil’s tender meditation on existentialism. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 Rap outlets report for the Rap Airplay list, while Rhythmic stations spin a brand of hip-hop that’s aimed at a more general listening audience. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Soon, recording studio doors were swinging wide open for Carne, leading to collaborations with Earth, Wind & Fire, and Gamble and Huff, all the way to the singer’s most recent sessions with legendary hip-hop producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 The entrepreneur briefly made music for a period in the hip-hop group Lifestyle. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Much like any enduring creation, the inception of hip-hop has birthed an entire subset of trends, behaviors, and fixations. Tayler Adigun, Essence, 16 Feb. 2024 Maybe the younger artists could continue to compete for that space because hip-hop’s a sport. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 Like with hip-hop — glasses, clothes, cars, jewelry, sneakers … ancillary things that people can access. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


perhaps from hip entry 2 + hop entry 1

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of hip-hop was in 1979

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Cite this Entry

“Hip-hop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the rhythmic music that often accompanies rap
also : the part of the culture especially of inner-city youths who are typically devotees of rap music

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