[ 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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/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
recording label launched 1960 by Berry Gordy Jr., from Mo(tor) Town, perhaps based on Motor City, a nickname for Detroit attested by 1911.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper