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jazz

noun, often attributive \ ˈjaz \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of jazz

1 a : American music developed especially from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre
b : popular dance music influenced by jazz and played in a loud rhythmic manner
2 : similar but unspecified things : stuff
  • that wind, and the waves, and all that jazz
  • —John Updike
3 : empty talk : humbug
  • spouted all the scientific jazz
  • —Pete Martin

jazzlike

play \ˈjaz-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of jazz in a Sentence

  1. What's all this jazz about you leaving?

  2. She loves hiking, biking, and all that jazz.

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Origin and Etymology of jazz

origin unknown


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jazz

verb

Definition of jazz

1 a : enliven usually used with up
2 : to play in the manner of jazz
1 : to go here and there : gad
2 : to dance to or play jazz

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First Known Use of jazz

1915

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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JAZZ Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of jazz for English Language Learners

  • : a type of American music with lively rhythms and melodies that are often made up by musicians as they play

  • : meaningless or foolish talk

  • : similar things


JAZZ Defined for Kids

jazz

noun \ ˈjaz \

Definition of jazz for Students

: a type of American music with lively rhythms and melodies that are often made up by musicians as they play


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