Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “riff”

See all translations

riff

noun [C]  /rɪf/ us  
(in popular music) a simple tune that is used as a pattern for creating more complicated musical patterns
Translations of “riff”
in Chinese (Traditional) (爵士樂或流行音樂的)重覆樂段…
in Chinese (Simplified) (爵士乐或流行音乐的)重复乐段…
(Definition of riff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of riff?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “riff” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

illusion

an idea or belief that is not true

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More