Definition of menagerie
1a : a place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibitionb : a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition
2 : a varied mixture a menagerie of comedians — TV Guide A menagerie of grotesque statues stood in the garden.
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Examples of menagerie in a Sentence
a menagerie of rare creatures
the living room is eclectically furnished with a menagerie of garage-sale finds
Recent Examples of menagerie from the Web
The idea is to be an honorable, nurturing sensei for your menagerie of weird little creatures – not just to teach them to fight like cybercocks but also to help them evolve onward to a more ennobled state.
North of Marshfield, Jurustic Park is a magical place where retired lawyer Clyde Wynia has sculpted a menagerie of creatures out of metal and now takes visitors on a humorous, whimsical tour of the creations.
His musical menagerie includes trumpets, violas, saxophones, drums, clarinets, French horns and more.
The bees join a menagerie of Pence pets, including bunny Marlon Bundo, and cats Pickle and Oreo.
About six weeks ago, a camel named Hercules was added to the Haltom City store’s menagerie.
Named after the jet-setty Tuscan beach town on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Forte dei Marmi is an elegant and understated addition to the menagerie of fine dining options south of Fifth.
The menagerie also contains Democrats and celebrities — from Bill and Hillary Clinton to Mark Wahlberg and Drew Barrymore.
The National Lampoon offices were a rolling menagerie of beautiful women, D-list celebrities, has-been TV actors, porn stars, burnouts, also-rans, and talented young people thrilled just to have a job.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1676See Words from the same year
MENAGERIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of menagerie for English Language Learners
: a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public
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Definition of menagerie for Students
: a collection of wild animals kept especially to be shown to the public
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