- 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 of Jazz Age
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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- the jazz age (often capitals) (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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Word Origin and History for jazz age
1921; see jazz (n.); popularized 1922 in writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald; usually regarded as the years between the end of World War I (1918) and the Stock Market crash of 1929.
We are living in a jazz age of super-accentuated rhythm in all things; in a rhythm that (to "jazz" a word) is super-normal, a rhythm which is the back-flare from the rhythm of a super war. ["Jacobs' Band Monthly," Jan. 1921]
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