Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A popular dance music of the French West Indies, combining African drumming styles with influences from American and Caribbean popular music.

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  • n. A style of dance music originating in the French Antilles, which combines Latin American, African and Western disco rhythms.
  • v. to dance the zouk

Etymologies

Antillean French Creole, party; probably akin to juke1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I tried to start that contest here last night but we had one guy 37th make that post 12 hours before her actual selection; another, zouk aka moonbat posted that sentiment w/i

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • Led by Kenyan native Victor Sila, a frontman who has been called a "Kenyan funk master" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "Africa's James Brown" (Oakland Post), Sila & the Afrofunk Experience draw inspiration from Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti while distinguishing themselves by incorporating African genres such as zouk and soukous, as well as the music of Western artists including Sly Stone and Funkadelic.

    Salem-News.com

  • With indigenous, French-influenced zouk music and watercolors animated to reflect the people and landscape, Dubois captures us fully, even inventing a clever collection of tourism images for the closing credits.

    Brad Schreiber: 2011 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation

  • The city's premier salsa specialists present tutors Gary and Delphine, who will be guiding you through the delights of the zouk-derived, Angolan dance of kizomba before hosting two salsa lessons for beginners and improvers.

    Clubs picks of the week

  • The nearby town of Gros Islet features the Beausejour Cricket Grounds, the National Tennis Centre and Friday Night's popular Jump Up Party where locals and tourists gather for fried fish, Piton beer, and dancing in the streets to zouk and reggae music.

    Dwight Brown: St. Lucia -- The Shangri-la Caribbean Island

  • Matador, born Jessy Kimbangi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mixes zouk, dancehall, reggae, and hiphop, building on American, African and Caribbean influences.

    Will Adams: France's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Allez! Ola! Olé!' by Jessy Matador (VIDEO)

  • For instance, on Martinique, Guadeloupe and the other French-speaking islands you can follow the wiggling bodies to zouk concerts.

    Bob Schulman: Gettin' Hip to Caribbean Music

  • Known for its brassy, loping rhythm and distinctive back-beat, zouk literally means party.

    Bob Schulman: Gettin' Hip to Caribbean Music

  • Played either slow or fast, but usually fast, merengue arguably ties with zouk and the hard-driving beat of Haitian compas tunes for the Caribbean's most sensual music.

    Bob Schulman: Gettin' Hip to Caribbean Music

  • Returning backers MissionPoint Capital Partners, Norwalk, Conn., and London-based zouk ventures also participated.

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