reggae

[ reg-ey ]
/ ˈrɛg eɪ /
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noun

a style of Jamaican popular music blending blues, calypso, and rock-'n'-roll, characterized by a strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest.

Origin of reggae

< Jamaican English, respelling of reggay (introduced in the song “Do the Reggay” (1968) by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert), a dance name based on rege, *strege a dowdy or raggedy fellow; compare rege-rege ragged clothing, quarrel, row
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British Dictionary definitions for reggae

reggae

/ (ˈrɛɡeɪ) /

noun

a type of West Indian popular music having four beats to the bar, the upbeat being strongly accented

Word Origin for reggae

C20: of West Indian origin
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Culture definitions for reggae

reggae

[ (reg-ay) ]

A form of pop music that originated in Jamaica, combining elements of calypso and rhythm and blues (see blues) with a strongly accentuated offbeat. Bob Marley was the first internationally known reggae musician.


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