reg·​gae | \ ˈre-(ˌ)gā How to pronounce reggae (audio) , ˈrā- \

Definition of reggae

: popular music of Jamaican origin that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music and is performed at moderate tempos with the accent on the offbeat

Examples of reggae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley, native rhythms echo in the balmy breeze. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "20 warm-weather destinations to visit this winter if you just can't take the cold anymore," 5 Dec. 2019 Their music draws inspiration from Caribbean moods, rumba, reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern grooves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Children’s choir sings in Mexico... Make-A-Wish hero ceremony for Poway," 4 Sep. 2019 The band was led by reggae star Bob Marley up until his death in 1981. Anne Nickoloff,, "The Wailers to play Beachland Ballroom show," 7 Aug. 2019 Fans of Bob Marley can make the pilgrimage to the reggae legend’s home and recording studio, which was converted into a museum by his wife Rita. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 The lineup includes Latin reggae bands from several countries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Bahia Fest to feature reggae acts, including Cultura Profética and Rawayana, from several countries," 18 Oct. 2019 During the party, Columbus artist Clint Davidson will create a mural, and reggae band Bob Ras will play in the 17,000-square-foot space. Marc Bona, cleveland, "The Brew Kettle sets party to launch El Lupulo Libre cans, anniversary celebration," 14 Oct. 2019 The collaborative concert at the debut festival will feature live performances of Bob Marley’s classics with these artists and surprise guests backed by a reggae band at the South Beach location. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Damian Marley, Jack Johnson & Win Butler Join Miami Beach Pop Festival's Bob Marley Celebration," 1 Oct. 2019 Grime, the musical genre that combines electronic dance beats with jungle and reggae influences, accompanied by fast, virtuoso rapping in distinctively British cadences, originated in East London, in the early two-thousands. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Kano’s Second Act," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of reggae

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reggae

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reggae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reggae

: popular music that is originally from Jamaica and that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music

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