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merengue

[muh-reng-gey] /məˈrɛŋ geɪ/
noun
1.
a ballroom dance of Dominican and Haitian origin, characterized by a stiff-legged, limping step.
2.
the music for this dance.
verb (used without object), merengued, merenguing.
3.
to dance the merengue.
Also, méringue.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < American Spanish
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merengue

/məˈrɛŋɡeɪ/
noun
1.
a type of lively dance music originating in the Dominican Republic, which combines African and Spanish elements
2.
a Caribbean dance in duple time with syncopated rhythm performed to such music
Word Origin
from American Spanish and Haitian Creole
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Word Origin and History for merengue
n.

popular dance, 1936, from Dominican Creole méringue, from French méringue (see meringue).

The 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]

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