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1. A dance in rapid 2/4 time of Dominican and Haitian folk origin, characterized by a sliding step.
2. The music for this dance.

[American Spanish, from Spanish, meringue, from French méringue.]
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1. (Music, other) a type of lively dance music originating in the Dominican Republic, which combines African and Spanish elements
2. (Dancing) a Caribbean dance in duple time with syncopated rhythm performed to such music
[from American Spanish and Haitian Creole]
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(məˈrɛŋ geɪ)

a ballroom dance of Dominican and Haitian origin, characterized by a stiff-legged, limping step.
[1935–40; < American Spanish]
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A sideways Latin American two-step for couples.
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