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Definition of MERENGUE
: a ballroom dance of Haitian and Dominican origin in 2/4 time in which one foot is dragged on every step; also: the music for a merengue
Origin of MERENGUE
First Known Use: 1936
Couple dance from the Dominican Republic or Haiti, danced throughout Latin America. Originally a folk dance, it has become a ballroom dance, where it is danced with a limping step, the weight always on the same foot. Varieties include the jaleo and juangomero. Dominican merengue music became widely popular in the late 20th century.