zoo

noun
\ˈzü \
plural zoos

Definition of zoo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a facility with usually indoor and outdoor settings where living, typically wild animals are kept especially for public exhibition

called also zooological garden, zoological park

2 : a place, situation, or group marked by crowding, confusion, or unrestrained behavior The convention was a zoo.

Definition of zoo- (Entry 2 of 2)

— see zo-

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of zoo in a Sentence

Noun

The sixth grade classroom was a zoo after recess. The supermarket was a real zoo on the night before the storm.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The piglets and their mother will be bonding for an undetermined length of time before going on public display at the zoo, Magill said. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Newborn warthog piglets doing well and are sort of cute," 4 July 2018 The group also arranges special VIP activities during the trip, like going to a major league sports practice or helping feed animals at the zoo. Kathleen Toner, CNN, "Parents with late-stage cancer share one last family adventure," 22 Mar. 2018 Authorities in Philadelphia are reportedly investigating a video that appears to show police struggling to arrest a black teenager who was allegedly selling water bottles outside the city’s zoo. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Police investigating arrest of black teen selling water bottles at Philly zoo: report," 10 July 2018 The road emptied into the parking lot for Fort Bearizona, a more conventional zoo with exhibits, a snack bar and the gift shop, which features a faux cave formation across the ceiling. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Buy Photo Philadelphia is like a zoo with a menagerie of taxes, licenses, and fees. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Welcome to Taxadelphia, where you pay more than you realize | Stu Bykofsky," 10 July 2018 There’s enough new life at both the zoo and Safari Park to make a visit worthwhile. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 The cub joins the ranks of 200 red pandas across zoos in North America. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Newborn red panda cub at Sacramento Zoo fighting to survive," 28 June 2018 Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie will have fireworks set to music each night along with horse racing for the adults and activities such as bounce houses and a petting zoo for the kids. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The top 10 list: This weekend is going to be a blast, blast, blast," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'zoo.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of zoo

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zoo

Noun

short for zoological garden

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about zoo

Dictionary Entries near zoo

Zontian

zonure

Zonuridae

zoo

zoo-

zooarium

zoobenthos

Statistics for zoo

Last Updated

31 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for zoo

The first known use of zoo was in 1835

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for zoo

zoo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zoo

: a place where many kinds of animals are kept so that people can see them

: a place, situation, or group that is crowded, loud, and uncontrolled

zoo

noun
\ˈzü \
plural zoos

Kids Definition of zoo

: a place where living usually wild animals are kept for showing to the public

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on zoo

What made you want to look up zoo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express warning or disapproval

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!