mé·​nage | \ mā-ˈnäzh How to pronounce ménage (audio) , mə- \

Definition of ménage

: a domestic establishment : household also : housekeeping

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Examples of ménage in a Sentence

getting the whole unruly ménage ready for an outing takes quite a while
Recent Examples on the Web His lies violated my right to determine my own bodily and emotional limits, the right to say no to his menage. Alison Kinney, Longreads, "The Man in the Mirror," 10 Mar. 2018 By the way, my menage à cinq quickly became à trois and ended à me alone. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Taking Dictation From Diana Trilling," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ménage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ménage

French, from Old French mesnage dwelling, from Vulgar Latin *mansionaticum, from Latin mansion-, mansio mansion

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“Ménage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9nage. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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