noun (plural calypsos)
1A kind of West Indian (originally Trinidadian) music in syncopated African rhythm, typically with words improvised on a topical theme.
- West Indian calypso and reggae music are both popular.
- The disc is full of salsa, trip-hop, acid jazz, calypso and reggae beats.
- Two forms of native Trinidadian music - calypso and steel drum music - have become famous throughout the world.
1.1A calypso song.
- Elsewhere, the calypso is a link to home, thematically and more subtly.
- Every year, just prior to the launch of Cariwest, Edmonton's vibrant Caribbean arts festival, a contest takes place to decide who has the best calypso song for this year's festival.
- For instance, years ago we would have about five top calypso songs with great quality, now we don't get that.
1930s: of unknown origin.
- Example sentences
- They now force calypsonians to depend on Carnival instead of encouraging them to make local songs right through the year.
- I really appreciate that the crowd is cheering on the calypsonians.
- A singer, musician, promoter, calypso tent manager, calypso judge, and above all, a father figure to many calypsonians, he was also responsible for launching the careers of many aspiring calypsonians.
Pronunciation: /kəˌlipˈsōnēən, ˌkalip-/adjective& noun