rock·​a·​bil·​ly ˈrä-kə-ˌbi-lē How to pronounce rockabilly (audio)
: popular music marked by features of rock and country music

Examples of rockabilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charlie Gracie, an early rockabilly singer and guitarist who influenced a generation of 1960s rock stars has died at 86. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 19 Dec. 2022 Lewis was notable for bridging Southern rockabilly music with soul and rock and roll. Vulture, 28 Oct. 2022 Don’t miss the rockabilly sounds of Reverend Horton Heat, Justin Pickard and the Thunderbird Winos, Lance Lipinski and Jimmy Dale Richardson on July 16. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, 7 July 2022 Gordon split Tuff Darts, hooked up with Gottehrer and convinced original rockabilly legend Link Wray to record with them. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 18 Oct. 2022 When Elvis Presley came to Hollywood, Laboe was one of the few to get an interview with the new rockabilly star. Appropriation or appreciation? Christopher Weber, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2022 Josh Jove shreds on lead guitar with his personal rockabilly style and is surprisingly good. Lucia Gillot, SPIN, 7 July 2022 Ronnie Hawkins, the Southern rockabilly singer who helped shape and launch the Band and other Canadian rock artists, died Sunday after battling a long-term illness. Thania Garcia, Variety, 29 May 2022 Ronnie Hawkins, the rowdy rockabilly singer who was instrumental in the formation of the pioneering Americana group the Band, died on Sunday. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022

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Word History


rock entry 2 + -a- (as in rock-a-bye, phrase used to put a child to sleep) + hillbilly

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rockabilly was in 1956

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Cite this Entry

“Rockabilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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