[ rith -uh m-uh n-blooz ]
/ ˈrɪð əm ənˈbluz /
a folk-based but urbanized form of black popular music that is marked by strong, repetitious rhythms and simple melodies and was developed, in a commercialized form, into rock-'n'-roll.
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Origin of rhythm-and-blues
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for rhythm and blues
rhythm and blues
(functioning as singular) any of various kinds of popular music derived from or influenced by the bluesAbbreviation: R & B
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