a heavily syncopated dance music that originated among the blacks of S Louisiana, containing elements of blues, traditional white Cajun music, etc. and played usually by a band that includes accordion, guitar, and washboard
Origin of zydeco; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Creole French pronunciation of French les haricots, the beans (phr. in the title of a once-popular dance tune)
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.
Origin of zydecoFrom 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 haricot1.
Louisiana Creole French zydeco, possibly from a pronunciation of French les haricots "beans" in a dance-tune title.