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.

Nearby words

  1. rock wall,
  2. rock wallaby,
  3. rock wool,
  4. rock wren,
  5. rock'n'roll,
  6. rock-a-bye,
  7. rock-and-roll,
  8. rock-bottom,
  9. rock-bound,
  10. rock-candy

Origin of rock-'n'-roll

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

Related formsrock-'n'-roll·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019