Definition of merengue in English:


(also meringue)

Pronunciation /məˌreNGɡā/ /məˌrɛŋɡeɪ/


  • 1A Caribbean style of dance music typically in duple and triple time, chiefly associated with Dominica and Haiti.

    ‘sounds of Latin music, mostly salsa and merengue, came in from the streets’
    • ‘there was a merengue band to keep the beat hot’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This new Main nightspot throws its first New Year's party this year with DJs Baby Boy and Rico spinning the hottest salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and more.’
    • ‘, replete with Cuban jazz samples, meringue feel and staccato rhymes.’
    • ‘The reason reggaeton is so popular is that they could finally blend salsa, bomba or merengue with hip hop, which is dominating the world right now.’
    • ‘Culturally, our riches extend far beyond the celebrated African- and Spanish-influenced rhythms of calypso, reggae, dancehall, salsa, rumba, merengue, or son.’
    • ‘From one direction salsa and merengue; from another, hardcore techno.’
    • ‘On her latest album, ‘Oyaya,’ Kidjo fuses African root beats with such disparate genres as meringue, salsa, calypso, bolero and ska.’
    • ‘The Caribbean has given the world a remarkable potpourri of popular music - everything from calypso to salsa, from ska to zouk, from meringue to soca.’
    • ‘Reggae, soca and merengue will all get fired up,’ says the master percussionist, who is considered one of the more charismatic performers in the province.’
    • ‘She's fashioned an album of salsa, calypso, habanera, mambo, meringue and other Caribbean rhythms.’
    • ‘He mixed merengue with hip hop and house music perfectly.’
    • ‘The channel pursues salsa, merengue, bochata and cumbia as a religion.’
    • ‘It was only a matter of time before salsa and merengue's less glamorous sibling earned its recognition in the Latin music limelight.’
    • ‘A clear-ish soundtrack of B-grade merengue songs complements the mostly clear dialogue.’
    • ‘This French quintet offer up a spirited romp through every soulful flavour under the sun, from drum 'n' bass to meringue, to celebrate the finer sides of life.’
    • ‘Restaurants serving conch and goat meat and record shops blaring Haitian meringue music sprang up on 54th Street and Northeast Second Avenue.’
    • ‘Noisy generators added to the cacophony of street sounds, mixing in with scooters, car horns and the ever-present meringue music.’
    • ‘Focusing on merengue and other Latin music, this festival features a couple of jam-packed days in the sun.’
    1. 1.1A style of dancing associated with merengue music, with alternating long and short stiff-legged steps.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘For the mambo, cha-cha, merengue, and the traditional rhythmic dance the son, each dancer moved vigorously yet effortlessly, even as the tempo changed.’
      • ‘Later in his flat, I found myself dancing merengue, bhangra, my first ever tango, lots of madcap lindy to an awesome Indian swing track, and finally, the chicken dance.’
      • ‘We follow each class through ten weeks of practice, with 10- and 11-year-olds learning to dance in styles such as swing, rumba, meringue and tango.’
      • ‘We had an acoustic guitar performance and even some merengue dancing out there.’
      • ‘In the bars and streets of Santo Domingo, I danced my own merengue.’
      • ‘In the class, they learn a number of dances, including the swing, meringue, the tango.’
      • ‘The national dance of the Dominican Republic is the merengue, which features a stiff-legged step that is something like a limp.’
      • ‘By the time the winning team staggers home with a trophy large enough to house several small pets, the participants have learned to merengue, rumba, swing, tango and foxtrot.’
      • ‘A typical salsa session can include anything from mambo to meringue and even the dreaded lambada, but there is no room for salsa pop or romantico here.’
      • ‘The Dominican merengue, which has a distinct left-right, left-right step, is almost a march with wayward hips.’
      • ‘Her feature debut follows the progress of NYC elementary school students as they learn to rumba and merengue their way to better posture, elevated social skills and a life on the straight and narrow.’
      • ‘Salsa and meringue dancing was intertwined into my performance to make it more appealing.’
      • ‘Do the conga, or tango, or merengue at Gloria's Bongos Cuban Cafe in downtown Miami.’
      • ‘The merengue, another popular native Puerto Rican dance, is a fast step in which the dancers' hips are in close contact.’
      • ‘Its not as raw as Latino rhythms like salsa, son, samba and merengue but it bears some of their signatures.’
      • ‘Each school can provide five pairs (plus one alternate) to dance in five different styles: swing, the tango, the rumba, the merengue, and the foxtrot.’
      • ‘Disco is such a common word today but actually has its roots in several more established dance crazes and music, like swing dances and big bands, as well as Latin dances like the merengue.’


Late 19th century probably American Spanish; compare with the sense ‘upheaval, disorder’, attested in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.