aquar·​i·​um | \ ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio) \
plural aquariums or aquaria\ ə-​ˈkwer-​ē-​ə How to pronounce aquaria (audio) \

Definition of aquarium

1 : a container (such as a glass tank) or an artificial pond in which living aquatic animals or plants are kept
2 : an establishment where aquatic organisms are kept and exhibited

Examples of aquarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aquarium is home to four other belugas, which are native to Arctic waters. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 The aquarium is at 2000 Sycamore St. Lake Metropark’s Penitentiary Glen Nature Center offers a day of scavenger hunts, crafts and live animals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is at 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd., Willoughby. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "Many major institutions are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King with both entertaining and educational events," 16 Jan. 2020 The aquarium is home to four other belugas, which are native to Arctic waters. Washington Post, "‘We’re expecting!’: Georgia Aquarium announces baby beluga," 15 Jan. 2020 The $930 million new arena and 50,000-square-foot aquarium pavilion will initially be allowed to include some fossil-fuel infrastructure, though both will be included in the city’s longer-term electrification plans, Durkan’s office said. USA TODAY, "Gray whale tows calf, wolves on the move, John Dillinger won’t be exhumed; News from around our 50 states," 11 Jan. 2020 Go to special aquarium activities at Discovery World, including a python encounter and touch tank feedings, Jan. 20-Jan. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Second annual Milwaukee Museum Week will have free admission days, behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on activities," 10 Jan. 2020 During the Winter Family Days, visitors have full aquarium access, including the new Freshwater Falls exhibit, the Amazon Tunnel and the Penguin Palooza. Briana Rice,, "Newport Aquarium offering free admission for kids," 3 Jan. 2020 Football tickets, ballet tickets, go-karting tickets, aquarium tickets, train tickets, movie tickets. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Q: Am I a bad parent if I sacrifice holiday cheer for the environment?," 18 Dec. 2019 Stories on the aquarium web site offer further details about coral and how Shedd works to preserve it. Steve Johnson,, "The world’s coral reefs are dying. Shedd scientists in the Bahamas are searching for a chance for their survival.," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of aquarium

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquarium

probably alteration of aquatic vivarium

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The first known use of aquarium was circa 1847

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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aquarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aquarium

: a glass or plastic container in which fish and other water animals and plants can live
: a building people can visit to see water animals and plants


aquar·​i·​um | \ ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio) \

Kids Definition of aquarium

1 : a container (as a tank or bowl) in which fish and other water animals and plants can live
2 : a building in which water animals or water plants are exhibited

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