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[ hip-hop ]

  1. a popular culture movement originated by Black performers in New York City in the 1970s and characterized by rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art: The choreographer was a pioneer in introducing hip-hop to the national and international stage.Writing about hip-hop was really just an excuse to write about all these other aspects of Black culture.

  1. relating to or characteristic of this movement: Unlike other big-name designers, he tapped into hip-hop street styles, which made him one of the wealthiest designers of the 1990s.

Origin of hip-hop

First recorded in 1975–80; probably hip4 + hop1 (in the sense “act of hopping”

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British Dictionary definitions for hip-hop


/ (ˈhɪpˌhɒp) /

  1. a US pop culture movement originating in the 1980s comprising rap music, graffiti, and break dancing

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Cultural definitions for hip-hop


Another name for rap music.

Notes for hip-hop

The term hip-hop also refers to the speech, fashions, and personal style adopted by many youths, particularly in urban areas.

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