Definition of ragtime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈræɡtaɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræɡtaɪm//
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an early form of jazz, especially for the piano, first played by African American musicians in the early 1900s Word Originprobably from rag sense 3 + time. Culture Ragtime is played with a strong rhythm which is 'ragged', i.e. not regular. Pieces of ragtime music are often called rags. The most famous ragtime musicians were 'Jelly Roll'Morton and Scott Joplin.
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