- (UK) enPR: ku̇lĭpʹsō, IPA(key): /kəˈlɪp.səʊ/
- (US) enPR: kəlĭpʹsō, IPA(key): /kəˈlɪp.soʊ/
- Rhymes: -ɪpsəʊ
Originally Trinidad English, an alteration of kaiso, perhaps ultimately of African origin; Allsopp 1996 suggests Ibibio ka iso (“come on”), used to urge dancers on. The spelling reflects a later folk-etymological assimilation with the mythological name Calypso.
- A type of music and dance that originated in the West Indies (perhaps Trinidad), a ballad is characterized by improvised lyrics on topical or broadly humorous subjects, often creating satire of current events.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
- calypso; a type of music or dance