One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a group of American poets who emerged chiefly in California in the 1950s and were noted for their rejection of social and poetic conventions.
1950s; earliest use found in Jack Kerouac (1922–1969), novelist and poet (real name Jean-Louis Kerouac). From beat- + poet.
beat poet/ˌbiːt ˈpəʊɪt/
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