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Motown

[moh-toun] /ˈmoʊˌtaʊn/
noun
1.
Detroit, Michigan: a nickname.
2.
Also called Motown sound. an upbeat, often pop-influenced style of rhythm and blues associated with the city of Detroit and with numerous black vocalists and vocal groups since the 1950s and characterized by compact, danceable arrangements.
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British Dictionary definitions for motown sound

Motown

/ˈməʊˌtaʊn/
noun
1.
trademark music combining rhythm and blues and pop, or gospel rhythms and modern ballad harmony
Word Origin
C20: from Motown Records of Detroit; from Mo(tor)Town, a nickname for Detroit, Michigan, centre of the US car industry
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Word Origin and History for motown sound

Motown

recording label launched 1960 by Berry Gordy Jr., from Mo(tor) Town, perhaps based on Motor City, a nickname for Detroit attested by 1911.

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Motown

noun

Detroit, the Motor City: records made in Motown


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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