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or rock-and-roll, rock 'n' roll

[rok-uh n-rohl] /ˈrɒk ənˈroʊl/
a style of popular music that derives in part from blues and folk music and is marked by a heavily accented beat and a simple, repetitive phrase structure.
of or relating to this music.
verb (used without object)
to dance to or play rock-'n'-roll.
Origin of rock-'n'-roll
1950-55; contraction of phrase rock and roll; see rock2
Related forms
rock-'n'-roller, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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rock 'n' roll definition

Popular music combining elements of blues (or rhythm and blues), gospel music, and country and western music, and known for its strong beat and urgent lyrics. Well-known early, pioneering rock 'n' roll artists or groups include Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the Supremes, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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