mé·​nage mā-ˈnäzh How to pronounce ménage (audio)
: a domestic establishment : household
also : housekeeping

Examples of ménage in a Sentence

getting the whole unruly ménage ready for an outing takes quite a while
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ménage was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ménage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9nage. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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mé·​nage mā-ˈnäzh How to pronounce ménage (audio)
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