[ muh-reng-gey ]
/ məˈrɛŋ geɪ /


a ballroom dance of Dominican and Haitian origin, characterized by a stiff-legged, limping step.
the music for this dance.

verb (used without object), me·ren·gued, me·ren·gu·ing.

to dance the merengue.


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Also méringue.

Origin of merengue

Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for merengue

/ (məˈrɛŋɡeɪ) /


a type of lively dance music originating in the Dominican Republic, which combines African and Spanish elements
a Caribbean dance in duple time with syncopated rhythm performed to such music

Word Origin for merengue

from American Spanish and Haitian Creole
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