rock and roll

\ ˌrä-kən-ˈrōl How to pronounce rock and roll (audio) \
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Definition of rock and roll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk, and blues elements : rock entry 2 sense 2 If many older people had been suspicious of the jukebox in the early fifties, they were even more affronted by the success of rock and roll after 1954.— Dominic Sandbrook The industry has changed. Is it no longer sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll?AP News often used before another noun rock and roll legends/albums… Jack is in his corset, Jane is in her vest. And me, I'm in a rock 'n' roll band …The Velvet Underground

rock and roll

rocked and rolled; rocking and rolling; rock and rolls

Definition of rock and roll (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to perform or dance to rock and roll music Mark headed off to Liverpool over the weekend, where he did a little rocking and rolling.— Paula Zahn
2 informal : to start out or get going energetically He was wide awake and ready to rock and roll at 5:00 A.M.— Gideon Wulff … an overwhelming majority of the U.S. population has a primal desire to unfold a badass pair of shades, slide them onto their head … throw a jacket over their shoulder, and utter, "let's rock and roll."The Onion

Examples of rock and roll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vresnik began working as a journalist in the mid 1970s, initially writing about jazz and rock and roll music, before turning his focus to political coverage for national newspapers in the late 1980s. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 How did the rock and roll legend appear to be flying under the radar? NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 CLE Rocks is the music podcast from the birthplace of rock and roll, looking at the city’s rich music history. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 Curiously, because people have been waiting for something to fall off the high table of rock and roll, some crumbs! Derek Scancarelli, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 In the tumultuous, extremely competitive world of rock and roll, Watts seemed to make few enemies. Jill Lawless And Gregory Katz, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2021 Following the death of Rolling Stones' longtime drummer Charlie Watts on Tuesday, celebrities paid tribute to the rock and roll legend on social media. Daniela Avila,, 24 Aug. 2021 The group might tie dye T-shirts and learn about women in rock and roll history one day. Jenna Watson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2021 But then what about what rock and roll’s touched or influenced or been a part of? Justin Curto, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of rock and roll


1954, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rock and roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rock and roll

: rock music

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