ragtime

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noun rag·time \ˈrag-ˌtīm\

Definition of ragtime

  1. 1 :  rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style

  2. 2 :  music having ragtime rhythm

Origin and Etymology of ragtime

probably from ragged + time


First Known Use: 1897


RAGTIME Defined for English Language Learners

ragtime

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noun rag·time \ˈrag-ˌtīm\

Definition of ragtime for English Language Learners

  • : a type of lively music that is often played on the piano and that was very popular in the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century


RAGTIME Defined for Kids

ragtime

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noun rag·time \ˈrag-ˌtīm\

Definition of ragtime for Students

  1. :  music that has a lively melody and a steady rhythm like a march


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