[ 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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Origin of merengue
Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1935–40
Words nearby merengue
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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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