ragtime

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Etymology[edit]

Likely from ragged +‎ time, in reference to its heavy use of syncopation,[1] or from rag, an American dialect term for a dance ball.[2]

Noun[edit]

ragtime (countable and uncountable, plural ragtimes)

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  1. (music, uncountable) A musical form having a rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment.
  2. (music, countable) A piece of music in this style.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Barry Kernfield (1988) The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, page unknown
  2. ^ ragtime” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017, retrieved 17 November 2017.

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