[ 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.
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. 2019

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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