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menagerie

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noun me·nag·er·ie \mə-ˈnaj-rē, -ˈna-jə- also -ˈnazh-rē, -ˈna-zhə-\

Simple Definition of menagerie

  • : a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public

Full Definition of menagerie

  1. 1 a :  a place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition b :  a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition

  2. 2 :  a varied mixture <a menagerie of comedians — TV Guide>

Examples of menagerie

  1. a menagerie of rare creatures

  2. <the living room is eclectically furnished with a menagerie of garage-sale finds>



Origin of menagerie

French ménagerie, from Middle French, management of a household or farm, from menage


First Known Use: 1676

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MENAGERIE Defined for Kids

menagerie

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noun me·nag·er·ie \mə-ˈna-jə-rē\

Definition of menagerie

  1. :  a collection of wild animals kept especially to be shown to the public





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