Etymology
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reggae (n.)

1968, Jamaican English (first in song title "Do the Reggay" by Toots & the Maytals), perhaps [OED, Barnhart] related to rege-rege "a quarrel, protest," literally "ragged clothes," variant of raga-raga, alteration and reduplication of English rag (n.).

updated on June 30, 2013

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Definitions of reggae from WordNet

reggae (n.)
popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar;
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