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 nounrock 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 Bring a picnic and enjoy the wine and entertainment, which includes danceable rock and roll with Rick Spitaleri on Aug. 23. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "16 Bay Area wine festivals and cocktail events in August and beyond," 22 July 2019 But there the Rolling Stones were, England’s longest sustained occupiers of what began as an American art form — rock and roll — at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, as if in retaliation for the whole independence thing. Marc Hirsh,, "At Gillette, there’s no stopping the Rolling Stones," 8 July 2019 Behind the Wall of Sleep’ This is just straight head rock and roll from a great band. Mike Oliver |, al, "Top 7 underrated artists, albums and songs from the My Vinyl Countdown collection," 14 Sep. 2019 Ladies’ department stores such as the one in which he is shown hawking his new line of merch are not very rock and roll. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Bad Boy Faces Middle Age," 11 Sep. 2019 Black aviators, a nude lip, and a plunging neckline punctuated by a duet of chains finished the fall-ready moment, which felt like a hard lean into Cyrus's emerging identity as a pop start with a penchant for rock and roll. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Takes Wet Hair to the Tom Ford Front Row," 10 Sep. 2019 Classic-rock bands are the Mount Rushmore of rock and roll. Chris Varias,, "Paul Stanley of Kiss: 'We have a certain expiration date'," 22 Aug. 2019 Unlike science fiction or rock and roll or fantasy literature or superheroes, Mad could never escape its ghetto, by design. Jordan Orlando, The New Yorker, "A World Without Mad Magazine," 25 July 2019 King’s alternative sound blends pop, rock and roll and bluegrass. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things this week: Elle King at the state fair, Queen sing-along and reptiles for the whole family," 29 Aug. 2019

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1954, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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