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 His own music increasingly looked to Caribbean and African styles, including compas from Haiti, Congolese soukous from what was then Zaire, rumba from Cuba, highlife from Ghana and makossa from Cameroon. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Cherry, who moved to New York and now lives in New Orleans, prides himself on having attended every compas fest. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, 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, 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 7 Dec. 2021.

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