[ moh-toun ]
/ ˈmoʊˌtaʊn /
Detroit, Michigan: a nickname.
Also called Motown sound. an upbeat, often pop-influenced style of rhythm and blues associated with the city of Detroit and with numerous black vocalists and vocal groups since the 1950s and characterized by compact, danceable arrangements.
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British Dictionary definitions for motown-sound
/ (ˈməʊˌtaʊn) /
trademark music combining rhythm and blues and pop, or gospel rhythms and modern ballad harmony
Word Origin for Motown
C20: from Motown Records of Detroit; from Mo (tor) Town, a nickname for Detroit, Michigan, centre of the US car industry
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