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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun jazz
  1. A type of music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles, but generally featuring intricate rhythms, improvisation, prominent solo segments, and great freedom in harmonic idiom played frequently in a polyphonic style, on various instruments including horn, saxophone, piano and percussion, but rarely stringed instruments.(wns=1)
  2. empty or insincere or exaggerated talk; as, don't give me any of that jazz .(wns=2)
    synonyms: wind, idle words, nothingness.
  3. A style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands.
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  1. A style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands
  2. A genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
  3. Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk ("don't give me any of that jazz")
  4. Have sexual intercourse with
  5. Play something in the style of jazz

A fanciful spelling variant of Jaz and Jas.

  1. A diminutive of the male given name James.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Jasmine.

Jazz was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Jazz

Jazz Jennings is a student, writer, artist, activist, internet personality, lgbtq rights activist, spokesmodel, lgbt rights by country, territory, and lgbtq rightsactivist. Jazz was born on October 6th, 2000.


Jazz Richards is a soccer player for the Fulham F.C., Cardiff City F.C., Swansea City A.F.C., Crystal Palace F.C., Huddersfield Town A.F.C., Wales national under-17 football team, Wales national under-19 football team, and Wales national under-21 football team. Jazz was born on April 12th, 1991 in Swansea, Wales.


Jazz is a wrestler. Jazz was born on August 27th, 1973 in New Orleans.


Jazz Cartier is a hip hop music rapping. Jazz was given the name Jaye Adams in Toronto.


Jazz Raycole is an actress and dancer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to 1995. Jazz was given the name Jazzmine Raycole Dillingham on February 11th, 1988 in Stockton, California, U.S.


Jazz Ocampo is an actress, commercial model, actor, and model (people). She has been prominent since 2011. Jazz was given the name Jazzmin Leslie Ocampo McDonald on December 17th, 1997 in Las PiƱas.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Jazz

Jazz is a wrestler. Jazz was born on August 27th, 1973 in New Orleans.


Maxi Jazz is an electronica, trip hop, and trance music musician. He was most active from 1983 to present. Maxi was given the name Maxwell Fraser on June 14th, 1957.


How popular is the baby name Jazz in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1983 5 0 5
1984 7 0 7
1985 8 0 8
1986 5 0 5
1987 20 6 14
1988 22 9 13
1989 36 13 23
1990 33 15 18
1991 54 19 35
1992 42 21 21
1993 52 20 32
1994 63 26 37
1995 57 21 36
1996 35 17 18
1997 48 24 24
1998 49 17 32
1999 44 19 25
2000 39 13 26
2001 31 16 15
2002 28 13 15
2003 42 21 21
2004 36 18 18
2005 35 17 18
2006 46 19 27
2007 48 18 30
2008 41 11 30
2009 35 16 19
2010 36 15 21
2011 35 13 22
2012 37 16 21
2013 39 21 18
2014 33 12 21
2015 29 14 15
2016 32 18 14
2017 42 18 24
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Fun Facts about the name Jazz

  • How Popular is the name Jazz? Jazz is the 9,167th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Jazz have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,244 babies born with the first name Jazz in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jazz to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jazz? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1983 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jazz first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jazz is Monday, May 15th, 1899.
  • What year had the most people named Jazz born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jazz was in 1994 with a total of 37 babies.
  • Random Jazz Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jazz is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1994.
  • Weird things about the name Jazz: Your name in reverse order is Zzaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Zzja. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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