rag time

ragtime

[rag-tahym]
noun Music.
1.
rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.
2.
a style of American music having this rhythm, popular from about 1890 to 1915.

Origin:
1895–1900; probably rag(ged) + time

ragtimey, adjective
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Ragtime

[rag-tahym]
noun
a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow.
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ragtime (ˈræɡˌtaɪm)
 
n
a style of jazz piano music, developed by Scott Joplin around 1900, having a two-four rhythm base and a syncopated melody
 
[C20: probably from ragged + time]

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ragtime
"syncopated, jazzy piano music," 1897 (in song title "Mississippi Rag" by W.H. Krell), from rag "dance ball (1895, Amer.Eng. dialect), possibly a shortening of ragged, in reference to the rhythmic imbalance.
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ragtime definition


A style of early jazz music written largely for the piano in the early twentieth century, characterized by jaunty rhythms and a whimsical mood.

Note: Scott Joplin was a famous composer and performer of ragtime.
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