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 Always a multimedia guy, Pharrell leaned into that sensibility at the show, inviting hip-hop duo Clipse to premiere a new song as clothes went down the runway. Alex Jhamb Burns, Vogue, 20 June 2024 After all, seemingly half of Los Angeles was packed onto the Forum stage to dance along with the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper’s earworm of a song, which also doubles as a Drake diss track and possibly the last word in Lamar’s very public feud with the Canadian hip-hop superstar. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 The band’s unique sound was partly inspired by jazz-sampling hip-hop albums such as A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory, but mutated into something unique and genre-agnostic by their 1994 debut. Spin Staff, SPIN, 20 June 2024 On the speakers expect the music to lean into R&B and hip-hop, with the likes of Kaytranada, Frank Ocean — and both Kendrick and Drake — curated by friends including producer Alexander Spit. Ryma Chikhoune, WWD, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hip-hop 

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the rhythmic music that often accompanies rap
also : a cultural movement associated especially with rap music

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