rabiz

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Etymology[edit]

From Armenian ռաբիզ (ṙabiz), perhaps an abbreviation of Russian РАБотники ИСкусства (Rabotniki Iskusstva, "Workers of Art"), a Soviet organization into which performers of folk music were once associated.

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rabiz (uncountable)

  1. (music) A popular modern Armenian music style. Shows Middle Eastern influences and is related to Russian blatnyak and Azeri mugham. Considered tasteless and vulgar by educated people.
  2. (slang) A member of Armenian hillbilly subculture embracing rabiz music, exhibiting materialistic flamboyancy, using strong blend of Russian and Armenian slang words, wearing matching sport suit, sunglasses and shoes called ծիծակ (cicak).

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