me·ren·gue | \mə-ˈreŋ-(ˌ)gā \

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

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The nasal cry from an unknown Puerto Rican merengue singer was ear-piercing and unforgettable. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018 Known for fusing many sounds, from Afro-Latin to merengue and more, Guerra has spent a career creating music that has been embraced around the world. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Happy Birthday, Juan Luis Guerra! Check Out 5 Songs Showing the Maestro's Musical Mastery," 7 June 2018 Several thousand children across Los Angeles County learn to swing and salsa, tango, foxtrot and merengue over the course of a 10-week program. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "These fifth-graders start out dance-shy, but then they start to shimmy," 26 May 2018 Over the course of ten weeks, kids also learn swing, tango, merengue, and fox trot. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "Next School Year, This Local Program Will Teach 10,000 Kids to Dance," 22 May 2018 People passing by the restaurant stopped for a little merengue, while diners danced in their seats. Trevor Fraser,, "Disney Springs revives its late night," 18 May 2018 Zoomba at the Zoo is a 90-minute dance/aerobic workout class, featuring salsa, merengue, mambo and hip-hop. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 18 May 2017 In one corner of the clubhouse, Sammy Sosa plays merengue music. Teddy Greenstein,, "Don't be fooled by the Sammy Sosa on your TV screen," 3 May 2018 The songs percolate with flute and electric guitar and shift between cumbia, merengue, Afro-Colombian and Caribbean rhythms. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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