ragtime

noun
rag·​time | \ ˈrag-ˌtīm How to pronounce ragtime (audio) \

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

Examples of ragtime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Servers in corsets and fishnet stockings roamed the room, passing an old piano that, twice a week, fills the building with ragtime tunes. Dallas News, "COVID ‘cowboys’ round up spring break scofflaws in Durango," 1 Apr. 2021 Servers in corsets and fishnet stockings roamed the room, passing an old piano that, twice a week, fills the building with ragtime tunes. Dallas News, "COVID ‘cowboys’ round up spring break scofflaws in Durango," 1 Apr. 2021 Servers in corsets and fishnet stockings roamed the room, passing an old piano that, twice a week, fills the building with ragtime tunes. Dallas News, "COVID ‘cowboys’ round up spring break scofflaws in Durango," 1 Apr. 2021 Servers in corsets and fishnet stockings roamed the room, passing an old piano that, twice a week, fills the building with ragtime tunes. Dallas News, "COVID ‘cowboys’ round up spring break scofflaws in Durango," 1 Apr. 2021 Servers in corsets and fishnet stockings roamed the room, passing an old piano that, twice a week, fills the building with ragtime tunes. The Salt Lake Tribune, "This tourist town has come up with a creative way to marshal compliance with a COVID-19 mask mandate," 31 Mar. 2021 As a child in Ferguson, Mo., Mr. McDonald played banjo to accompany his father, who used to sing Tin Pan Alley and ragtime songs, before moving on to keyboards and Top 40 cover bands. Alan Paul, WSJ, "Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers Is a Modest Superstar," 25 Dec. 2020 The jazzy ragtime style was overtaken by folkier, acoustic guitar variants such as country blues and Delta blues, ushering in the likes of Robert Johnson. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Women created the blues. Now they are taking it back.," 4 Nov. 2020 Growing up in the 1970s, my peers were not buying ragtime hits from the 1920s. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: The Beatles top charts again as our greatest (and perhaps only) cultural connector," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ragtime

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ragtime

probably from ragged + time

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The first known use of ragtime was in 1896

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7 May 2021

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“Ragtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragtime. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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ragtime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ragtime

: 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

noun
rag·​time | \ ˈrag-ˌtīm How to pronounce ragtime (audio) \

Kids Definition of ragtime

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

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