Definition of ragtime
1 : rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment in stride-piano style
2 : music having ragtime rhythm
Recent Examples of ragtime from the Web
Enid then gravitates towards Seymour (a career-defining performance for Buscemi), becoming fascinated by this outcast of a different generation, a record collector who can’t help but correct people over the difference between blues and ragtime.
It’s late night folk with a dollop of ragtime and the occasional electronic jamboree.
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Origin and Etymology of ragtime
probably from ragged + time
First Known Use: 1896
RAGTIME Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of ragtime for Students
: music that has a lively melody and a steady rhythm like a march
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