reg·​gae·​ton | \ ˌre-gā-ˈtōn How to pronounce reggaeton (audio) , ˌrā- \

Definition of reggaeton

: popular music of Puerto Rican origin that combines rap with Caribbean rhythms

Examples of reggaeton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was dancing, a horn section that was probably not playing their horns, and Bad Bunny, Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer. oregonlive, "Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at Super Bowl 2020: One of the best halftime shows of all time?," 3 Feb. 2020 Later in the week, the reggaeton singer covered his face with a diamond encrusted mask and emerald chandelier earrings to accessorize his green Gucci suit for a performance at LIV nightclub. Washington Post, "Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel," 6 Dec. 2019 The Latin trap and reggaeton singer has two of the five nominees for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album: X 100PRE and Oasis, which reunites him with J Balvin. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Bad Bunny & The 7 Other People Competing Against Themselves at 2020 Grammys," 21 Nov. 2019 It's made him, alongside Bad Bunny and Maluma, leaders of a new wave of reggaeton. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "J Balvin brings a rainbow of sights and sounds to Sugar Land," 6 Oct. 2019 According to a statement, the show will recognize a broad range of genres, from hip-hop and rock to reggaeton, banda and cumbia. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Spotify Awards to Debut in 2020, Geared to Mexico & Latin America," 21 Nov. 2019 Both artists have found an avid audience for their unique multicultural fusions of reggaeton, Latin trap, and pop. Harper's BAZAAR, "See Travis Scott, Maluma, J Balvin, and Orville Peck Flex in the Latest Dior Men," 18 Nov. 2019 Maluma and his fellow Colombians Feid and Sky make a suave reggaeton slow-burner. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 5 Best Songs to Listen to This Week From Dua Lipa's Disco Pop 'Don't Start Now' to Labrinth's Uplifting 'Where the Wild Things'," 1 Nov. 2019 As Ema, a reggaeton dancer in her late 20s, Di Girólamo has a radiantly inscrutable screen presence, with bleached-blond hair and a stare that cuts right through you. Los Angeles Times, "TIFF Critics Notebook: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ shake up festival rhythms," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of reggaeton

2002, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reggaeton

American Spanish reggaetón, from reggae reggae + -ton (as in Spanish maratón marathon)

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7 Feb 2020

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“Reggaeton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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