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Definition of the noun reggae

What does reggae mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: reggaes

  1. popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar
    • examples: Tom knows Mary likes reggae. | Tom likes reggae. | I heard some reggae music playing in the distance.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: popular music / popular music genre = any genre of music having wide appeal

Alternative definition of the noun reggae


  1. [rasta, music] A form of music originating in Jamaica and associated with Rastafarianism, featuring a heavy bass line, percussive rhythm guitar on the offbeat, often with close vocal harmonies.


  1. "Reggae" is a musical album of Aquarium.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  2. "Reggae" is a 1995 compilation album by Bob Marley & The Wailers.
  3. "Reggae" is a musical album of Herbie Mann.
    • released in (41 years ago)

Phrases with Reggae

  1. Ischnothele reggae
  2. species Ischnothele reggae

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Reggae

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Google previewParty Music (2013)

The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music by Rickey Vincent

Reggae is an amalgam of Western pop melodies and harmonies performed over traditional...

Reggae is a concept of all different types of music,” Barrett continues. “You got funk, you got rhythm and ...

Google previewThe Cowboy and the Dandy : Crossing Over from Romanticism to Rock and Roll (1998)

Crossing Over from Romanticism to Rock and Roll by Perry Meisel Professor of English New York University

Much as horns transistorize voice in a jazz band, so guitar transistorizes horns in a rock and roll band (the shift from ska to reggae is the Jamaican version). Berry's is the originary rock and roll gesture, the taking to the limit of a deconstruction ...

Google previewSix Names of Beauty (2013)

by Crispin Sartwell

” But the progression from ska to reggae is a serial divestiture of influences and adornments, intended to leave nothing but the repetitive ...

Google previewTeaching Caribbean Poetry (2013)

by Beverley Bryan, Morag Styles

Reggae is a later instrument of resistance, which the distin- guished poet and scholar Kwame Dawes refers to as 'the aesthetic which has come to shape the creative context for much of the writing that has emerged out of the Caribbean in the ...

Google previewLonely Planet Caribbean Islands (2011)

by Lonely Planet, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Michael Grosberg, Tom Masters, Emily Matchar, Brandon Presser, Brendan Sainsbury, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Polly Thomas, Karla Zimmerman

Reggae is the heartbeat of Jamaica, and it is as strongly identified with the island as RB is with Detroit or jazz with New Orleans. But reggae is actually only one of several distinctly Jamaican sounds, and the nation's musical heritage runs ...

Google previewSentence-Combining Workbook (2013)

by Pam Altman, Mari Caro, Lisa Metge-Egan, Leslie Roberts

Reggae is any song by Bob Marley. Copyright 2013 Cengage Learning, All Rights Reserved, May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, soiiie third party content may be suppressed front the eBook ...

Google previewEnglish in Mind Level 1 Teacher's Resource Book (2010)

by Brian Hart

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Reggae is a music genre first ...

Google previewA Language of Song (2009)

Journeys in the Musical World of the African Diaspora by Samuel Charters

Any passenger would do, but 10 Reggae Is a New Bag Kingston Streets, Kingston Nights.

Google previewDubwise (2005)

Reasoning from the Reggae Underground by Klive Walker

But reggae is an important part of the ...

Google previewDK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Caribbean (2014)

Pouring out of buses, shops, and bars, Jamaican reggae is a constant soundtrack, while soca provides the pulsing backbeat to the many annual carnivals. Sunsets, too, would not ...

Google previewThe Rastafarians (1988)

by Leonard E. Barrett

Reggae music is often characterized as a "slow-driving throbbing rhythm that just won't quit." Others describe it as "heart-music, natural, free, with no inhibition." Bob Marley calls it "earth-feeling music." Although reggae is a new beat, pleasing ...

Google previewHippie Dictionary (2013)

A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s by John Bassett Mccleary

” Bob Marley reggae n., adj. a form of music from Jamaica. The word seems to have come Reich, Wilhelm 431 from the term ragged or ragamuffin (a ragged person), which became ragged music, then reggae ...

Google previewDrum Set Styles Encyclopedia (2010)

by John Thomakos

Reggae. Toward the late 1960s, multi-track recording had made its way to Jamaica. Creativity through the use of the multi-track recorder and sound effects influenced and inspired producers and other musicians to experiment — changing ...

Google previewThe Perfect Learners' Dictionary (?) (1999)

by Thomas Herbst, Kerstin Popp

Reggae The best way to understand reggae is to hear some. Bob Marley singing "No Woman No Cry" will do the trick better than any definition. Such auditory Illustration is in fact possible in multi-media computerised reference works.

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock, Stephen Trombley

REGGAE The discipline of sociology is itself a social institution, and sociological theories provide many of the terms in which social phenomena are understood and acted upon. This contrasts with physical sciences, where it is axiomatic that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Percussion (2013)

by John H. Beck

Samba Reggae Samba reggae is a musical style that has emerged from the blocos afro (Afro-Brazilian-themed groups) that...

afro Olodum introduced a hybrid rhythm that drew upon a pan-African ideology influenced by Jamaican reggae.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture (2013)

by Peter Childs, Michael Storry

reggae and Bob Marley (the original Wailers), Desmond Dekker, Sharon Forrester, The Aces, Errol Dunkley, Gene Rondo and many more followed this route. The first British-based reggae band to emerge was Matumbi, founded in 1972.

Google previewDictionary of Jamaican English (2002)

by Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Robert Brock Le Page

REGGAE sb; a recently estab sp for rege (the basic sense of which is ragged — see rege-rege with possible ref to rag-time music (an early form of American jazz) but referring esp to the slum origins of this music in Kingston. A type of music ...

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Quotes about Reggae

I can put a hip-hop beat to reggae. That is, I can have real reggae in the drums and in the rhythm, and on top of it I can put The Rolling Stones' feeling, anyone's feeling on top. Nobody has ever done this before, man. (Ike Turner)
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Scrabble value of R1E1G2G2A1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the second edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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