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

 

syncopation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌsɪŋkəˈpeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɪŋkəˈpeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable, countable](music)
 
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a change to the rhythm of a piece of music, so that the strong beats become weak and the weak beats become strong a few jazzy syncopations