merengue

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

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

Examples of merengue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All over the world, Nochebuena usually involves music and dancing bomba, salsa or merengue, playing dominoes, launching colorful paper lanterns, sometimes even fireworks, and always plenty of family time. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Nochebuena? Everything to Know About the Christmas Eve Celebration," 4 Dec. 2020 Carlos Coronel's favorite merengue song played from a small Bose speaker on the ground. Julia Jones And Anna-maja Rappard, CNN, "A drive-by wake. A masked funeral. A memorial on Zoom. This is how families are facing death in the pandemic," 1 June 2020 Recent offerings include lessons in merengue, salsa and Spanish dance. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Read-Along With Michelle Obama and Other Livestream Learning Opportunities," 27 Apr. 2020 The coconut cream and merengue cookies are usually left untouched. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "Panicked Shoppers Empty Shelves as Coronavirus Anxiety Rises," 13 Mar. 2020 At night, travelers can check out the island’s nightlife and dance to the beats of salsa, merengue, and rumba, and of course try some Blue Curaçao, the island’s famous liqueur that’s used to make cocktails a bright, vibrant blue. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Spring break spots that are blissfully free of spring breakers, from Barbados to Portland," 14 Jan. 2020 The night will also feature rhumba, Cubano, salsa, cumbia, merengue and cha cha music spun by DJ Musa Mind and a performance by flamenco guitarist Kristofer Hill and a traditional Spanish midnight toast. Ed Masley, azcentral, "New Year's Eve live-music guide for Phoenix: Where to ring in 2020," 23 Dec. 2019 The night will also feature rhumba, Cubano, salsa, cumbia, merengue and cha cha music spun by DJ Musa Mind as well as a special performance by Flamenco guitarist Kristofer Hill and a traditional Spanish midnight toast. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks: Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding, Authority Zero, Jared & the Mill," 2 Dec. 2019 But in recent months, the stories coming out of the Dominican Republic have focused less on late-night merengue dance parties and more on the deaths of 11 American tourists so far this year. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Dominican Republic Is Implementing New Safety Measures to Rebuild Traveler Confidence," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of merengue

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for merengue

American Spanish

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“Merengue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merengue. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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