variants or less commonly 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
hip-hop adjective

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hip-hop. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

hip-hop

noun

ˈhip-ˌhäp
: 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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