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mento Syllabification: men·to
Pronunciation: /ˈmen(t)ō/

Definition of mento in English:

noun (plural mentos)

A style of Jamaican folk music based on a traditional dance rhythm in duple time.
Example sentences
  • Jamaica's musical past goes far beyond reggae: There's the warm rhythms of mento, the sweet sway of calypso, the jittery jump of ska.
  • It reflects a moment in which Jamaican pop music was synthesising Black R&B and West Indian mento music.
  • The mento that graced the first Jamaican recordings of the early 1950s mixed an indigenous folk style with elements of Trinidadian calypso.


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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