Definition of merengue in English:


(also meringue)


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’
    • ‘Mexican American musical styles such as salsa, merengue, and tejano music have become increasingly popular among Salvadorans in the United States.’
    • ‘Noisy generators added to the cacophony of street sounds, mixing in with scooters, car horns and the ever-present meringue music.’
    • ‘Culturally, our riches extend far beyond the celebrated African- and Spanish-influenced rhythms of calypso, reggae, dancehall, salsa, rumba, merengue, or son.’
    • ‘The channel pursues salsa, merengue, bochata and cumbia as a religion.’
    • ‘He mixed merengue with hip hop and house music perfectly.’
    • ‘She's fashioned an album of salsa, calypso, habanera, mambo, meringue and other Caribbean rhythms.’
    • ‘, replete with Cuban jazz samples, meringue feel and staccato rhymes.’
    • ‘Focusing on merengue and other Latin music, this festival features a couple of jam-packed days in the sun.’
    • ‘From one direction salsa and merengue; from another, hardcore techno.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Restaurants serving conch and goat meat and record shops blaring Haitian meringue music sprang up on 54th Street and Northeast Second Avenue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On her latest album, ‘Oyaya,’ Kidjo fuses African root beats with such disparate genres as meringue, salsa, calypso, bolero and ska.’
    • ‘In the Seventies a new type of music originated in Northern Brazil - it was mix of salsa, merengue and reggae music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Taking us through ska, Calypso, meringue, and salsa - among other island genres - Kidjo entrances with swirling grooves, pulsating rhythms, and enthusiastic vocals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A style of dancing associated with merengue, with alternating long and short stiff-legged steps.
      • ‘For the mambo, cha-cha, merengue, and the traditional rhythmic dance the son, each dancer moved vigorously yet effortlessly, even as the tempo changed.’
      • ‘In the bars and streets of Santo Domingo, I danced my own merengue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do the conga, or tango, or merengue at Gloria's Bongos Cuban Cafe in downtown Miami.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had an acoustic guitar performance and even some merengue dancing out there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Dominican merengue, which has a distinct left-right, left-right step, is almost a march with wayward hips.’
      • ‘Salsa and meringue dancing was intertwined into my performance to make it more appealing.’
      • ‘Not as raw as ethnic Latino rhythms like salsa, son, samba and merengue but bearing some of their signatures.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The merengue, another popular native Puerto Rican dance, is a fast step in which the dancers' hips are in close contact.’


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