[ rok-uh n-rohl ]
/ ˈrɒk ənˈroʊl /


Definition for rock and roll (2 of 2)


or rock-and-roll, rock 'n' roll

[ rok-uh n-rohl ]
/ ˈrɒk ənˈroʊl /


a style of popular music that derives in part from blues and folk music and is marked by a heavily accented beat and a simple, repetitive phrase structure.


of or relating to this music.

verb (used without object)

to dance to or play rock-'n'-roll.

Origin of rock-'n'-roll

1950–55; contraction of phrase rock and roll; see rock2

OTHER WORDS FROM rock-'n'-roll

rock-'n'-roll·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for rock and roll

rock and roll



  1. a type of pop music originating in the 1950s as a blend of rhythm and blues and country and western. It is generally based upon the twelve-bar blues, the first and third beats in each bar being heavily accented
  2. (as modifier)the rock-and-roll era
dancing performed to such music, with exaggerated body movements stressing the beat


(intr) to perform this dance

Derived forms of rock and roll

rock and roller or rock'n'roller, noun
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