aquar·​i·​um ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio)
plural aquariums or aquaria ə-ˈkwer-ē-ə How to pronounce aquarium (audio)
: a container (such as a glass tank) or an artificial pond in which living aquatic animals or plants are kept
: an establishment where aquatic organisms are kept and exhibited

Examples of aquarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charlotte, a stingray in a small North Carolina aquarium, is taking a DIY approach to reproduction By Stephanie Pappas A stingray in a small aquarium in Hendersonville, N.C., has become pregnant—despite living in a tank without a male ray. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 18 Feb. 2024 She is expected to give birth within the next two weeks, the aquarium said. Conor Murray, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The small aquarium is run by Ms. Ramer’s educational nonprofit, Team ECCO, which encourages local schoolchildren and others to take an interest in science. Ben Finley, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024 This hands-on science and technology museum includes rotating exhibits, a three-story rain forest, aquarium and The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre. Samantha Sabin -, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Jang added that the licensing for zoos and aquariums sets certain standards for animal enclosures, staffing and personnel, disease and safety management, and demands regular inspections. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 12 Jan. 2024 Patrick and Brittany Mahomes' Two Kids Show Off Their Silly Sides in Adorable Holiday Campaign Photo Shoot Later, the family of four enjoyed some time at an aquarium, posing for a photo while Patrick lifted Bronze in the air. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 According to Pinterest, Millennials and Gen X are turning to this new design trend to add some living art to their aquariums. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 The pair also spent some mother-daughter time together at an aquarium in August 2022. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of aquatic vivarium

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aquarium was circa 1847

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“Aquarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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aquar·​i·​um ə-ˈkwar-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio)
plural aquariums or aquaria
: a container (as a glass tank) in which living water animals or plants are kept
also : an establishment where collections of such animals or plants are kept and shown
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