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calypso 1

Pronunciation: /kəˈlɪpsəʊ/

noun (plural calypsos)

[mass noun]
1A kind of West Indian (originally Trinidadian) music in syncopated African rhythm, typically with words improvised on a topical theme: the men sing calypso as they work [as modifier]: calypso music
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] A calypso song: a man was playing a calypso on a double bass
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  • Flamenco, blues, calypsos, ballads, and a myriad other song forms have made their way into the consciousness of these people with the direct or indirect assistance of his endeavours.
  • Their followers, chanting calypsos, strumming guitars and banging dustbin lids, swarmed on the field and began triumphant tribal dances.
  • Rocket Ship Beach was the first in a series of albums in which Zanes and guests perform folk songs, lullabies, Broadway standards, calypsos and a few originals in a rootsy-but-rocking style.

Derivatives

calypsonian

Pronunciation: /kəlɪpˈsəʊnɪən/
adjective& noun
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.

Origin

1930s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with calypso

dipso
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Calypso 2

Pronunciation: /kəˈlɪpsəʊ/
Greek Mythology
A nymph who kept Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years.

Origin

Greek, literally 'she who conceals'.

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