zydeco

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noun, often attributive zy·de·co \ˈzī-də-ˌkō\

Definition of zydeco

  1. :  popular music of southern Louisiana that combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues and that features guitar, washboard, and accordion

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You might say that the lively form of music known as zydeco is full of beans, etymologically speaking. Legend has it that the word zydeco originated in the lyrics of Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés, a popular Cajun dance tune. Loosely translated, the song's title means "the beans are not salty," and when spoken in French Creole, les haricots (French for beans) sounds something like "zydeco." "Zydeco" first appeared in print in 1960 and has been used to describe this kind of music ever since.

Origin and Etymology of zydeco

perhaps modification of French les haricots beans, from the Cajun dance tune Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés


First Known Use: 1955


ZYDECO Defined for English Language Learners

zydeco

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Definition of zydeco for English Language Learners

  • : a type of lively popular music originally from southern Louisiana

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