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 Sales for Latin styles like merengue are high in Hispanic counties in Florida and near the Mexican border. The Economist, "Why Obama-Trump swing voters like heavy metal," 16 Nov. 2019 In the clubhouse turned frat house, amid showers of Champagne and beer, Parra grabbed Strasburg and danced the merengue to a vibrating beat. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "Nationals Continue the Sports Joy in D.C.," 16 Oct. 2019 There’s also a beginner Latin group class that covers cha cha, mambo, merengue, rumba, salsa, swing, bolero, samba and hustle. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Swing, salsa and samba: 7 spots where you can learn to dance on the Front Range," 28 Sep. 2019 The class will include cha-cha, merengue, salsa and swing and easy-to-follow dance steps. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hospice runs camp for grieving kids," 26 July 2019 DJs provide the infectious sounds of salsa, merengue and bachata for the final salsa social of the season on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford on Sept. 6. Cindy S. Kuse,, "Best bets: 7 things to do this weekend," 1 Sep. 2019 Cars blared music while onlookers, some holding flags, danced the merengue on the sidewalks. Lauren Fox,, "Boston’s Dominican parade: 2.7 miles of music, marching, and muñecas," 18 Aug. 2019 The Park Ridge Park District Band will perform Latin music, including salsa, cumbia, and merengue on Aug. 2. Myrna Petlicki,, "Park Ridge free summer concert series kicks off," 10 June 2019 For several blocks, rainbow umbrellas and tarps create a circus-like tunnel filled with the sounds of cumbia and merengue, and with all kinds of Mexican and Central American food: pupusas, plantains, tacos, pambazos, burritos, birria. Esmeralda Bermudezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Behind the story: Inspired by a viral tweet to share the Piñata District," 18 July 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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