Main definitions of DJ in English

: DJ1DJ2

DJ1

noun

  • 1A person who introduces and plays recorded popular music on radio:

    ‘he was the only DJ to play our last release on the radio’
    • ‘He was BBC Radio One's longest-serving DJ, having joined the station at its inception in 1967.’
    • ‘He's a DJ at an alternative radio station.’
    • ‘He is still in my view the only DJ worth listening to on Auntie Beeb's flagship radio station.’
    • ‘The former salesman is working as a DJ at a local radio station on the Isle of Man as he tries to raise the cash for his flight.’
    • ‘For Londoners at home on a Saturday night, the best soundtrack to cooking dinner is DJ Charlie Gillett's BBC London show.’
    • ‘Bingenheimer is a DJ on the American radio station KROQ.’
    • ‘Forsyth's film details the trials and tribulations of a local radio DJ whose long-term partner leaves him.’
    • ‘She listens to her favorite DJs on pirate radio stations, enjoys clubbing, and likes most of the people she's grown up with.’
    1. 1.1 A person who plays recorded dance music at a club or party:
      ‘a DJ will spin tunes’
      • ‘Dowse's new movie is about a popular Ibiza DJ who loses his hearing.’
      • ‘Local bands and live performance are becoming less common as gambling machines and DJs become more lucrative for small venue operators.’
      • ‘The rock 'n' roll spirit carried over to many parties featuring live bands and DJs at downtown night spots.’
      • ‘Get ready to groove to the techno and house beats spun by the Sullivan Room's DJs.’
      • ‘Sabu is a rave DJ who spends his time spinning vinyl out in the fields.’
      • ‘The Tavern is your neighborhood sports bar, complete with drink specials, lunch specials, and a nighttime DJ.’
    2. 1.2 A person who uses samples of recorded music to make dance or rap music.
      • ‘Any firm meaning, political or otherwise, in his later efforts surfaces and then disintegrates in much the same way that the DJ mixes songs.’
      • ‘His instrument is the turntable, and he is credited with being among the first DJs to sample and mix the works of others into unique compositions.’
      • ‘Most artists do not perform in concert (DJs aside) because electronic music does not lend itself readily to live display.’
      • ‘A DJ record is essentially a new record made from the assembled parts of other records, reinterpreted and often unrecognizable from their original source.’
      • ‘The sections nevertheless merge into one another, like the pictorial equivalent of a DJ's musical mix.’
      • ‘The DJ might take the drum break from one record and the bass from another to combine them into a new musical piece.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Play recorded music on radio or at a club or party:

    ‘he DJ'ed for 5 hours non-stop’
    • ‘My boyfriend DJ'd here while we were visiting London this past summer.’
    • ‘I also went to, and DJ'd at, a lot of the illegal parties which were going on at the time.’
    • ‘Junior has DJ'd at a number of leading venues in London.’
    • ‘Since then she's DJ'd at parties for many well-known musicians.’
    • ‘Chris was the school's radio station DJ and he DJ'd on the weekends at the rink.’
    • ‘I'm doing a few odd shows in France - plus I've been DJ'ing quite a lot to promote my SPACELINES compilation LP of rare great grooves of soul punk from the 30's to the 90's.’
    • ‘At the time I started I'd only DJ'd in public about 5 times, and all of a sudden I was playing to sell-out crowds at one of the world's most famous clubs.’
    • ‘She soon began writing her own music, but has always DJ'd as well, something evident in her compositions.’
    • ‘I haven't DJ'd properly since my student radio days, and I forgot how much fun it is.’
    • ‘Last night I DJ'd and to be honest I rather wished I hadn't.’
    • ‘I'll be playing stuff too - but there's the slight problem of not having DJ'd for about 4 years.’
    • ‘He has been DJ'ing on Radio One for longer than I've been alive.’
    • ‘He's a former star baseballer who now DJ's on a local radio station.’
    • ‘Later in the evening, there's a good chance I'll be DJ'ing downtown, as part of a CMJ Music Marathon party.’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation of disc jockey.

Pronunciation:

DJ

/ˈdiːdʒeɪ/

Main definitions of DJ in English

: DJ1DJ2

DJ2

noun

British
  • A dinner jacket.

Pronunciation:

DJ

/ˈdiːdʒeɪ/