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country music    or country and western n. [U] a type of popular music based on folk music of the southern and western USA: Country music is usually played with guitars, a fiddle, and drums.

Usage Note: Although country music was first popular in the southern and western parts of the USA, it is now popular throughout the country. Country dancing, in which people dance to country music, is also becoming more popular. One well-known country dance is the Texas two-step.