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 This year’s entertainment offers something for a variety of musical tastes from reggae to rock to soul and pop. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 3 May 2022 Venerable guitarist Ernest Ranglin, the godfather of ska and an architect in reggae’s creation, will celebrate his 90th birthday on June 13. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, 22 Apr. 2022 Three students at Yorktown High School in Arlington fell in love with reggae in the 1990s. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 Tuesday, July 19 • Rapper and reggae artist Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline, joined by Nashville band The New Respects. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 On Tuesday, March 29, Shaw was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in the Mighty Diamonds’ native Jamaica, where the prolific trio were one of the country’s longest-running and most venerated reggae acts. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2022 On Gifted, Koffee flips between the two themes, melding her rootsy traditional reggae rhythm with a touch of Afrobeats. ELLE, 25 Mar. 2022 Other acts booked to appear range from the Goo Goo Dolls and Prince Royce to Christian-music favorites for KING & COUNTRY, dancehall reggae mainstay Shaggy and comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Nate Bargatze. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 Dubstep, which supercharges reggae rhythms with quakes of bass, acquired a stereotype of bro-ishness as artists such as Skrillex and Diplo gained fame. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reggae

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reggae

origin unknown

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9 May 2022

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“Reggae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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