Meaning of kaiso in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkʌɪsəʊ/


mass noun
  • 1West Indian calypso music.

    ‘a taste of well-mellowed vintage kaiso was dished out on February 3’
    • ‘he had the audience reacting positively to his reggae and kaiso gospel songs’
    1. 1.1count noun A calypso song.
      • ‘this catchy kaiso became popular’


  • An exclamation of praise or encouragement associated with calypso music.


1940s (as an exclamation): from a West African language; compare Efik ka isu, Ibibio kaa iso, both used to encourage a person or urge them on.