1 : a regular, repeated pattern of sounds or movements


The music has a fast/slow/steady rhythm.  [=beat]

African/Caribbean rhythms

— often + of

the rhythm of the poetry

the rhythm of his breathing

the rhythm of the tides


the composer’s use of jazz rhythm

He can’t play/dance in rhythm. = He has no sense of rhythm.  [=he cannot play/dance at the correct speed to stay with the rhythm of the music]

2 [count] : a regular, repeated pattern of events, changes, activities, etc.

She enjoyed the rhythms of country life.

Travel can disrupt your body’s daily/biological/circadian rhythm.