Definition of Motown™ noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈməʊtaʊn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtaʊn//
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a style of music popular in the 1960s and 1970s, produced by a black music company based in Detroit Word Origin1960s: shortening of Motor Town, by association with the car manufacturing industry of Detroit (USA). Culture Motown is a type of African American soul music. Motown Records, established in 1959, became famous for this type of music, sometimes called the Motown sound. Its recording stars included the Supremes and Stevie Wonder.
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