Nearby words

  1. jayhawkers,
  2. jayne,
  3. jayvee,
  4. jaywalk,
  5. jaywalking,
  6. jazz age,
  7. jazz band,
  8. jazz dance,
  9. jazz mag,
  10. jazz shoe

Origin of jazz

1905–10, Americanism; 1915–20 for def 5; origin uncertain

Related formsjazz·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jazz

jazz

/ (dʒæz) /

noun

verb

(intr) to play or dance to jazz music
African-American slang, obsolete to have sexual intercourse with (a person)
Derived Formsjazzer, noun

Word Origin for jazz

C20: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for jazz
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for jazz

jazz

A form of American music that grew out of African-Americans' musical traditions at the beginning of the twentieth century. Jazz is generally considered a major contribution of the United States to the world of music. It quickly became a form of dance music, incorporating a “big beat” and solos by individual musicians. For many years, all jazz was improvised and taught orally, and even today jazz solos are often improvised. Over the years, the small groups of the original jazz players evolved into the “Big Bands” (led, for example, by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller), and finally into concert ensembles. Other famous jazz musicians include Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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