from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A form of popular Algerian music combining traditional Arabic vocal styles with various elements of popular Western music and featuring outspoken, often controversial lyrics.
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- n. Alternative spelling of raï.
Algerian French raï, perhaps from dialectal Arabic (ha er-)ray, (here is the) view (frequently heard in the songs), from Arabic ra'y, view, from ra'ā, to observe; see rאy in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)