Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A popular urban youth culture, closely associated with rap music and with the style and fashions of African-American inner-city residents.
  • n. Rap music.
  • adj. Of or characteristic of hip-hop culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Afro-American urban youth culture based on rap music, breakdancing etc
  • n. rap (genre of music)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With hopping gait.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
  • n. an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city

Etymologies

Probably hip2 + hop1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • At one point in the real, he calls the hip-hop artist a "great poet and philosopher."

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  • Palestinian Muslim father and a Brazilian Catholic mother, Mr. Shama, a former graffiti writer who still paints - on canvas - in a style he describes as "hip-hop Cubist," is a fitting match for the school's diverse population: 52 percent Asian, 24 percent Hispanic, 16 percent white and 8 percent black.

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  • To his credit, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons provided Ashley Judd a space, on globalgrind.com, to squash any so-called hip-hop beef, a term I wish we hip-hop heads would discard once and for all.

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  • And if you really love something the way I love that some thing called hip-hop, then we would be honest about it and not go on ego trips attacking an Ashley Judd for having the courage to say what we should be saying ourselves.

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  • But we're offered scarcely any exploration of the ways that the cultural behemoth called hip-hop glamorizes, with devastating consequences, some of the narrowest ideas of black identity imaginable.

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  • Although better known as a hip-hop mogul, Russell Simmons was honored for his contributions to the yoga community.

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  • The real heat of tribal animosity was certainly still in evidence in the 1980s when the so-called "hip-hop wars" raged within the offices of influential music magazine NME.

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  • When our label, Mercury Records, found out that Kurtis's song "Christmas Rapping" was starting to get big in Holland, they decided to send us over to Amsterdam to help promote the record and further introduce the Dutch people to this new thing called "hip-hop."

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  • He saw rap music and the urban culture that came to be called hip-hop as an unstoppable African American current redirecting the course of the mainstream.

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  • Right before I came on they were showing a video of a Baby Phat fashion show, and the kids were really into it, since the label celebrates hip-hop and glam for an inexpensive price.

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