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hip-hop

[hip-hop]Slang.
noun
  1. the popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art.
  2. rap music.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of this subculture: the hip-hop generation.
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Origin of hip-hop

First recorded in 1985–90
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British Dictionary definitions for hip hop

hip-hop

noun
  1. a US pop culture movement originating in the 1980s comprising rap music, graffiti, and break dancing
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Word Origin and History for hip hop

also hip-hop, music style, first recorded 1982. Reduplication with vowel variation (e.g. tip-top, sing-song); OED reports use of hip hop with a sense of "successive hopping motion" dating back to 1670s. The term in its modern sense comes from its use in the early rap lyrics of the genre, notably Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and The Sugarhill Gang in "Rapper's Delight."

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hip hop in Culture

hip-hop

Another name for rap music.

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Note

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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