menagerie

noun me·nag·er·ie \ mə-ˈnaj-rē , -ˈna-jə- also -ˈnazh-rē , -ˈna-zhə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of menagerie

1 a : a place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition
b : a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition
2 : a varied mixture
  • a menagerie of comedians
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  • A menagerie of grotesque statues stood in the garden.

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Examples of menagerie in a Sentence

  1. a menagerie of rare creatures

  2. the living room is eclectically furnished with a menagerie of garage-sale finds

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Back in the days of Middle French, ménagerie meant "the management of a household" or farm or "a place where animals are tended." By the 1670s, English speakers had adopted the word but dropped its housekeeping aspects, applying it specifically to the places where circuses and other exhibitions kept show animals. Later, the word was generalized to refer to any varied mixture, especially one that includes things that are strange or foreign to one's experience.

Origin and Etymology of menagerie

French ménagerie, from Middle French, management of a household or farm, from menage

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MENAGERIE Defined for English Language Learners

menagerie

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Definition of menagerie for English Language Learners

  • : a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public


MENAGERIE Defined for Kids

menagerie

noun me·nag·er·ie \ mə-ˈna-jə-rē \

Definition of menagerie for Students

: a collection of wild animals kept especially to be shown to the public


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