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Syllabification: Ca·lyp·so
Pronunciation: /kəˈlipsō
Greek Mythology
  • A nymph who kept Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years.


Greek, literally 'she who conceals'.

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Syllabification: ca·lyp·so
Pronunciation: /kəˈlipsō

noun (plural calypsos)

  • 1A kind of West Indian (originally Trinidadian) music in syncopated African rhythm, typically with words improvised on a topical theme.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /kəˌlipˈsōnēən, ˌkalip-/
adjective & noun
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  • 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.


1930s: of unknown origin.

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