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calypso

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noun ca·lyp·so \kə-ˈlip-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of calypso

  1. 1 capitalized :  a sea nymph in Homer's Odyssey who keeps Odysseus seven years on the island of Ogygia

  2. 2 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

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A type of folk song, calypso is originally from Trinidad but is also sung elsewhere in the Caribbean. The calypso tradition dates to the early 19th century. The subject of a calypso text, which is usually witty and satiric, is an event of political or social importance, and the lyric often incorporates Spanish, Creole, and African phrases. The exaggeration of local speech patterns is matched by an offbeat rhythm. Favorite accompanying instruments are the shak-shak (maraca), cuatro (a string instrument), and tamboo-bamboo (bamboo poles of various lengths struck on the ground), and steel drums.

Origin and Etymology of calypso

Latin, from Greek Kalypsō


First Known Use: 14th century


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calypso

noun ca·lyp·so

Definition of calypso

plural

calypsos

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calypsoes

  1. :  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

calypsonian

play \kə-ˌlip-ˈsō-nē-ən, ˌka-(ˌ)lip-\ noun or adjective

Origin and Etymology 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


CALYPSO Defined for Kids

calypso

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noun ca·lyp·so \kə-ˈlip-sō\

Definition of calypso for Students

plural

calypsos

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



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