me·​ren·​gue mə-ˈreŋ-(ˌ)gā How to pronounce merengue (audio)
: 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

Examples of merengue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2022 inductees include award-winning songwriters and producers Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez, who co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame; composer of iconic Latin music standard Tony Renis; and to be inducted posthumously, Dominican merengue pioneer Johnny Ventura. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 15 Aug. 2022 Hear merengue, cumbia and bachata in the blue room; banda, zapateado and corridos in the red room; and reggaeton and Latin pop in the main room. Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2023 The festival, which is in its 18th year, has a great mix of music including salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2023 Activities include windsurfing, sailing on catamarans, kayaking, snorkeling, pool games, merengue lessons, beach volleyball, board games, and more. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 Aug. 2023 The Mexican singer, who opened for Coldplay last year in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City, has maintained her acoustic style but has shown her versatility by including a mix of folk, pop, merengue and tropicalia. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Then the 67-year-old Alhambra resident, who loves to dance salsa, merengue and bachata, started visiting Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and Lai Lai Ballroom in Alhambra. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2023 Navigating all the vallenato, salsa, and merengue classics, the Colombian artist’s stage presence, accompanied by his live band, set the vibe for a high-energetic fiesta. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 21 June 2023 The upbeat merengue track, which reflects on the feeling of pretending to be okay in public after a breakup, arrives along with a music video directed by Joaquin Cambre. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History


American Spanish

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of merengue was in 1888

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“Merengue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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