noun \ˈzü\

: a place where many kinds of animals are kept so that people can see them

: a place, situation, or group that is crowded, loud, and uncontrolled

plural zoos

Full Definition of ZOO

a :  a garden or park where wild animals are kept for exhibition
b :  a collection of living animals usually for public display
:  a place, situation, or group marked by crowding, confusion, or unrestrained behavior <the convention was a zoo>

Examples of ZOO

  1. The sixth grade classroom was a zoo after recess.
  2. The supermarket was a real zoo on the night before the storm.

Origin of ZOO

short for zoological garden
First Known Use: circa 1847
ZOO- Defined for Kids


noun \ˈzü\
plural zoos

Definition of ZOO for Kids

:  a place where living usually wild animals are kept for showing to the public


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