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A form of popular music combining features of rock music and bluegrass.

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(Pop Music)
a. a fast, spare style of White rock music which originated in the mid-1950s in the US South
b. (as modifier): a rockabilly number.
[C20: from rock (and roll) + (hill)billy]
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(ˈrɒk əˌbɪl i)

a style of popular music combining features of rock and hillbilly music.
[1955–60, Amer.; rock (and roll) + -a- connective + (hill) billy]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rockabilly - a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950srockabilly - a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950s; sometimes described as blues with a country beat
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
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nrockabilly m
modif [band, style, music, trio] → rockabilly invrock and roll rock 'n' roll, rock'n'roll [ˌrɒkənˈrəʊl] n (= music) → rock and roll m, rock mrock-and-roll rock-'n'-roll, rock'n'roll [ˌrɒkənˈrəʊl] modif [singer] → de rock; [music] → rock inv; [group, band, number, record, album] → de rock; [lifestyle] → rock and roll inv; [legend] → du rockrock art nart m rupestrerock band ngroupe m de rockrock bottom
to hit rock bottom, to reach rock bottom [prices] → atteindre son niveau le plus bas; [morale] → être au plus bas; [person] → toucher le fond
Her spirits reached rock bottom → Son moral était au plus bas.
His confidence hit rock bottom
BUT Il n'avait plus du tout confiance en lui.rock-bottom [ˌrɒkˈbɒtəm] adj [prices, interest rates] → minuscule
"rock-bottom prices" → "prix sacrifiés"rock chick nrockeuse frock climber nvarappeur/euse m/frock climbing nvarappe f
to go rock climbing → faire de la varappe
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SHE is inspired by such jazz greats as Billy Holiday and Dinah Washington, and the queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, but Dublin-born Imelda May is forging a contemporary sound all of her own.
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In March, Mexican guitarists Rodrigo Y Gabriela will blend flamenco, Mexican folk and swing jazz, while Th' Legendary * Shack Shakers will perform in April with their garage rockabilly, black-hearted blues and meltdown polkas.