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griot

[ gree-oh, gree-oh, gree-ot ]
/ griˈoʊ, ˈgri oʊ, ˈgri ɒt /
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noun

a member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.

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Origin of griot

1955–60; <French, earlier guiriot, perhaps ultimately <Portuguese criado domestic servant, altered in W African coastal creoles
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British Dictionary definitions for griot

griot
/ (ˈɡriːəʊ, ɡriːˈɒt) /

noun

(in Western Africa) a member of a caste responsible for maintaining an oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry, and storytelling
C20: from French guirot, perhaps from Portuguese criado domestic servant
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