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[hip-hop] /ˈhɪpˌhɒp/ Slang.
the popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art.
of, relating to, or characteristic of this subculture:
the hip-hop generation.
1985-90 Unabridged
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  • Snowboarders embraced the punk and hiphop look into their style.
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  • This vegan farm is home to cats, dogs, and pigs, in addition to human hiphop artists.
  • There are also local punk and hiphop scenes that are gaining momentum locally.
British Dictionary definitions for hiphop


a US pop culture movement originating in the 1980s comprising rap music, graffiti, and break dancing
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hiphop in Culture

hip-hop definition

Another name for rap music.

Note: The term hip-hop also refers to the speech, fashions, and personal style adopted by many youths, particularly in urban areas.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for hiphop


adj,adj phr

Of or pertaining to contemporary black urban youth culture

n,n phr
  1. rap song
  2. breakdance
  3. The activities that are emblematic of contemporary black urban youth culture: What is ''hip-hop''? That phrase includes such activities as break dancing, rap music, and graffiti art/ Most of them are young Hispanics, more connected to Hip Hop than High culture

[1980s+; echoic, said to have originated with a New York disc jockey called Hollywood]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for hiphop


cultural movement that attained widespread popularity in the 1980s and '90s; also, the backing music for rap, the musical style incorporating rhythmic and/or rhyming speech that became the movement's most lasting and influential art form

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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