Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies, elements of Caribbean music, and the blues, played by small groups featuring the guitar, the accordion, and a washboard.

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  • noun A form of folk music originating among the Creole people of south-west Louisiana, using accordions and washboards heavily.

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  • noun music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with Caribbean music and blues

Etymologies

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

[From Louisiana French Creole zarico, beans, zydeco, from French les haricots, the string beans (perhaps as in les haricots (sont pas salés), the string beans (aren't salty), a common phrase in Creole song lyrics suggesting hard times in which people cannot afford salt pork to cook with their beans) : les, pl. of le, the + haricots, pl. of haricot, string bean; see haricot.]

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Louisiana Creole French zydeco, possibly from a pronunciation of French les haricots "beans" in a dance-tune title.

Examples

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  • I knew no one could be standing outside the door listening; after, all, the bar was as noisy as usual, with the jukebox wailing a zydeco tune and the bellowing of people who'd had few drinks. -Charlaine Harris, Living Dead in Dallas

    December 11, 2010