world music

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of world music

:popular music originating from or influenced by non-Western musical traditions and often having a danceable rhythm usually hyphenated when used attributively

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First Known Use of world music

1982


WORLD MUSIC Defined for English Language Learners

world music

noun

Definition of world music for English Language Learners

  • : popular music that is based on musical traditions from different parts of the world and that often has a rhythm that you can dance to


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