rhythm-and-blues

[ rith-uh m-uh n-blooz ]
/ ˈrɪð əm ənˈbluz /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. rhythm band,
  2. rhythm method,
  3. rhythm section,
  4. rhythm stick,
  5. rhythm, biological,
  6. rhythmic,
  7. rhythmic gymnastics,
  8. rhythmical,
  9. rhythmically,
  10. rhythmicity

Origin of rhythm-and-blues

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50

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