Definition of zydeco
: 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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Recent Examples of zydeco from the Web
Dance to the zydeco sounds of Sunpie Barnes, bowl and bid on auction items at Rock, Ride & Rescue.
Bertaut inherited her parents' love of dancing and is now a zydeco teacher in the New Orleans area.
The Baltimore band plays zydeco, blues, roots, rock and reggae as part of the outdoor Concerts in the Park series.
As always, the fest will include local favorites, national icons, young up-and-comers and more artists from across the spectrum of blues, soul, rock, zydeco and beyond.
Other artists performing include R&B musician/producer Kelvin Wooten, singer/songwriter Ingrid Marie and Latin/zydeco band Mambo Gris Gris.
Artists perform a variety of acoustic genres, including Americana, blues, zydeco, Dixieland, big band and contemporary folk.
One of the zydeco bands cooked jambalaya in a slow cooker.
Crawfish, zydeco and draft beer weren’t all that was in evidence at this weekend’s 16th annual Gator by the Bay festival at Spanish Landing.
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The History of zydeco
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: 1955See Words from the same year
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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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