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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

popular dance, 1936, from Dominican Creole méringue, from French méringue (see meringue).\n\nThe Spanish word for this style of dance and music, merengue, literally means "meringue (the sweet dessert)" -- although it is unclear exactly how the dance might have come to be called "The Meringue."

["Spanish Word Histories and Mysteries," American Heritage Dictionaries, 2007]


n. (context music uncountable English) A type of music common in the Caribbean. vb. (context intransitive English) To dance to merengue music.


Merengue can refer to one of the following:

  • Merengue music
  • Merengue (dance)
  • Merengue típico, a musical genre of the Dominican Republic
  • Venezuelan merengue music
  • An adjective referring to the Real Madrid football club
  • An adjective referring to Club Universitario de Deportes
  • Merengue (band), a Japanese rock band
Merengue (dance)

Merengue (, ) is a style of Dominican music and dance. Partners hold each other in a closed position. The leader holds the follower's waist with the leader's right hand, while holding the follower's right hand with the leader's left hand at the follower's eye level. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps. They can switch to an open position and do separate turns without letting go each other's hands or releasing one hand. During these turns they may twist and tie their handhold into intricate pretzels. Other choreographies are possible.

Although the tempo of the music may be frenetic, the upper body is kept majestic and turns are slow, typically four beats/steps per complete turn.

In the social dancing of the United States the "empalizada" style is replaced by exaggerated Cuban motion, taught in chain ballroom studios for dances of Latin American origin ( cha-cha-cha, rumba, mambo, salsa).

Merengue (band)

Merengue is a Japanese rock band licensed by Warner Music Japan. The band was created in 2002 by Kenji Kubo . In 2003, Takeshi Yamazaki and Tsuyoshi Takeshita joined the band . In 2013, they signed to Ki/oon Music and performed the Sixth Opening of Space Brothers.

Usage examples of "merengue".

Carlos Lopez, the handsome Spanish undercover officer posing as the big shot in the Cuban gang, sat formally in a leather-upholstered chair, dressed to the nines, like a merengue bandleader waiting to go on.

The place looked sensational, as always, with balloons and strolling guitarists, an enormous buffet supper, and a merengue band.

Then the music started and a merengue instructor appeared, as if by magic, and took me by the hand.

Before I knew it, I was lined up with thirty other white guys, learning the merengue from an effeminate Venezuelan named Jorge.

Birdland variety, at cabana clubs, who dances the merengue with the proper hip movements, whose person is all one, the same person.

From time to time she listened to the news to find out what was going on in the world, and on the few occasions when she was alone in the house she would turn the volume very low and listen to distant, clear merengues from Santo Domingo and plenas from Puerto Rico.

Jose carried around a coffee can which upside down served to rattle off their raving merengues or baions on, and hollow side up to receive from an appreciative audience pennies, transit tokens, chewing gum, spit.

Instead of the radio merengues, Gladys now sang an endless repertoire of Christmas carols: Glo-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohhOh-oh-oh-oh-ohhRia!

At last, he could remember her as she should be remembered, her strong lithe body in his arms as they merengued across the Shark Bar's dance floor.