merengue (n.) Look up merengue at
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]