Pronunciation: (rag'tīm"),[key] —n.Music. 1. rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.
2. a style of American music having this rhythm, popular from about 1890 to 1915.
Pronunciation: (rag'tīm"),[key] —n. a novel (1975) by E. L. Doctorow.