noun ca·lyp·so \kə-ˈlip-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of CALYPSO

capitalized :  a sea nymph in Homer's Odyssey who keeps Odysseus seven years on the island of Ogygia
plural calypsos [New Latin, genus name, probably from Latin] :  a bulbous bog orchid (Calypso bulbosa) of northern regions bearing a single white to purplish flower

Origin of CALYPSO

Latin, from Greek Kalypsō
First Known Use: 14th century


plural calypsos or calypsoes

Definition of CALYPSO

:  a style of music originating in the West Indies, marked by lively duple meter, and having lyrics that are often improvised and usually satirize local personalities and events; also :  a song in this style
ca·lyp·so·ni·an \kə-ˌlip-ˈsō-nē-ən, ˌka-(ˌ)lip-\ noun or adjective

Origin of CALYPSO

Trinidad English, alteration of kaiso, perhaps ultimately of Afr origin; akin to eastern Caribbean English caliso, cariso satirical song
First Known Use: 1900
CALYPSOES Defined for Kids


noun ca·lyp·so \kə-ˈlip-sō\
plural calypsos

Definition of CALYPSO for Kids

:  a lively folk song or style of singing of the West Indies


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