or rock-and-roll, rock 'n' roll
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
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rock and roll
- 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
- (as modifier)the rock-and-roll era
dancing performed to such music, with exaggerated body movements stressing the beat
(intr) to perform this dance
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