syncopation

noun syn·co·pa·tion \ ˌsiŋ-kə-ˈpā-shən , ˌsin- \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of syncopation

1 : a temporary displacement of the regular metrical accent in music caused typically by stressing the weak beat
2 : a syncopated rhythm, passage, or dance step

syncopative

play \ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpā-tiv, ˈsin-\ adjective

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First Known Use of syncopation

1597

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SYNCOPATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of syncopation for English Language Learners

  • music : musical rhythm in which stress is given to the weak beats instead of the strong beats


SYNCOPATION Defined for Kids

syncopation

noun syn·co·pa·tion \ ˌsiŋ-kə-ˈpā-shən \

Definition of syncopation for Students

: an instance of temporarily accenting a normally weak beat in music to vary the rhythm


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