com·​pas | \ kōm-ˈpä How to pronounce compas (audio) \

Definition of compas

: a popular music of Haiti that combines Cuban and African rhythms

Examples of compas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cherry, who moved to New York and now lives in New Orleans, prides himself on having attended every compas fest. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "This celebration of Haitian heritage is more than just a music festival. It's a ritual | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 The 238-room, 11-story waterfront resort was completely updated last year and features nautical details like compases, maps and carpet patterns akin to fishermen's nets. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Texas hotels to check out in 2018," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of compas

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compas

Haitian Creole konpa, literally, beat, rhythm, modification of Spanish compás beat, measure

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“Compas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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