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jazz

noun [U] uk   /dʒæz/ us  
A2 a type of modern music originally developed by African-Americans, with a rhythm in which the strong notes often come before the beat. Jazz is usually improvised (= invented as it is played).
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in Korean 재즈…
in Arabic موسيقى الجاز…
in French (de) jazz…
in Turkish caz…
in Italian jazz…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爵士樂, 爵士樂曲…
in Russian джаз…
in Polish jazz…
in Spanish jazz…
in Portuguese jazz…
in German der Jazz…
in Catalan jazz…
in Japanese ジャズ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 爵士乐, 爵士乐曲…
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