rock and roll

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variants or
: 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

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rocked and rolled; rocking and rolling; rock and rolls

intransitive verb

: 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
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

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Cason was one of Nashville’s early proponents of rock and roll, naming Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley and the Clovers as chief inspirations. Greg Evans, Deadline, 3 July 2024 Berry is often hailed as one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Holly Alvarado, Orange County Register, 27 June 2024
Simone Jackson: The Underground Disco Icon The world of Daisy Jones & The Six isn’t all rock and roll. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2023 Hedi Slimane, the current creative director of the French fashion house Celine, has always had a knack for the aesthetics of the rock and roll lifestyle: tight silhouettes here, leather there, and the use of large aviator sunglasses everywhere. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 6 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for rock and roll 

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Word History

First Known Use


1954, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rock and roll was in 1954

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“Rock and roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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