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rhythm-and-blues

[rith -uh m-uh n-blooz] /ˈrɪð əm ənˈbluz/
noun
1.
a folk-based but urbanized form of black popular music that is marked by strong, repetitious rhythms and simple melodies and was developed, in a commercialized form, into rock-'n'-roll.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for rhythm and blues

rhythm and blues

noun
1.
(functioning as sing) any of various kinds of popular music derived from or influenced by the blues R & B
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