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jazz

play
noun, often attributive \ˈjaz\

Definition of jazz

  1. 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. 2 :  empty talk :  humbug <spouted all the scientific jazz — Pete Martin>

  3. 3 :  similar but unspecified things :  stuff <that wind, and the waves, and all that jazz — John Updike>

jazzlike

play \-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.

Origin and Etymology of jazz

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1913


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jazz

verb

Definition of jazz

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to play in the manner of jazz

  3. 2 a :  enliven —usually used with up b :  accelerate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to go here and there :  gad

  6. 2 :  to dance to or play jazz

1915

First Known Use of jazz

1915



JAZZ Defined for English Language Learners

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jazz

play
noun, often attributive \ˈjaz\

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

play
noun \ˈjaz\

Definition of jazz for Students

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



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