Simple Definition of menagerie
: a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public
Full Definition of menagerie
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 : a varied mixture <a menagerie of comedians — TV Guide>
Examples of menagerie in a sentence
a menagerie of rare creatures
<the living room is eclectically furnished with a menagerie of garage-sale finds>
Did You Know?
Back in the days of Middle French, ménagerie meant "the management of a household" or farm or "a place where animals are tended." By the 1670s, English speakers had adopted the word but dropped its housekeeping aspects, applying it specifically to the places where circuses and other exhibitions kept show animals. Later, the word was generalized to refer to any varied mixture, especially one that includes things that are strange or foreign to one's experience.
Origin of menagerie
French ménagerie, from Middle French, management of a household or farm, from menage
First Known Use: 1676
MENAGERIE Defined for Kids
Definition of menagerie for Students
: a collection of wild animals kept especially to be shown to the public
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