Definition of merengue in English:

merengue

Line breaks: mer|en¦gue
Pronunciation: /məˈrɛŋgeɪ
 
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(also meringue)

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A Caribbean style of dance music, typically in duple and triple time: sounds of Latin music, mostly salsa and merengue, came in from the streets [as modifier]: there was a merengue band to keep the beat hot
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    • In the Seventies a new type of music originated in Northern Brazil - it was mix of salsa, merengue and reggae music.
    • Taking us through ska, Calypso, meringue, and salsa - among other island genres - Kidjo entrances with swirling grooves, pulsating rhythms, and enthusiastic vocals.
    • Mexican American musical styles such as salsa, merengue, and tejano music have become increasingly popular among Salvadorans in the United States.
  • 1.1A style of dancing associated with merengue, with alternating long and short stiff-legged steps.
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    • For Trujillo, it's a chance to put not just mambos, but a whole dictionary of Latin moves on the stage: Afro-Cuban, bolero, hybrid tango, merengue, rumba, samba, salsa.
    • Cojocaru's and Kobborg's verve gave substance to what otherwise might've seemed a sweet, airy meringue of a dance.
    • People also danced son montuno, merengue, and cha-cha cha.

Origin

late 19th century: probably American Spanish; compare with the sense 'upheaval, disorder', attested in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

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