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Meaning of ragtime

rag•time

Pronunciation: (rag'tīm"), [key]
— n. Music.
  1. rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.
  2. a style of American music having this rhythm, popular from about 1890 to 1915.

Rag•time

Pronunciation: (rag'tīm"), [key]
  1. a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow.
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