Jazz Age

Jazz Age

noun
the period that in the U.S. extended roughly from the Armistice of 1918 to the stock-market crash of 1929 and was notable for increased prosperity, liberated or hedonistic social behavior, Prohibition and the concomitant rise in production and consumption of bootleg liquor, and the development and dissemination of jazz and ragtime and associated ballroom dances.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism

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jazz age
 
n
(often capitals) the jazz age (esp in the US) the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of the Depression during which jazz became popular
 
[C20: popularized by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who called a collection of his short stories Tales of the Jazz Age (1922)]

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Main Entry:  Jazz Age
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the 1920s and thereabouts, characterized by freedom, exuberance, hedonism, etc.
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Jazz Age definition


The 1920s in the United States, a decade marked not only by the popularity of jazz, but also by attacks on convention in many areas of American life. (See flappers and Roaring Twenties.)

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