zoo

noun \ ˈzü \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of zoo

plural zoos
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.

Examples of zoo in a Sentence

  1. The sixth grade classroom was a zoo after recess.

  2. The supermarket was a real zoo on the night before the storm.

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Origin and Etymology of zoo

short for zoological garden


zoo-

combining form

Definition of zoo-

— see zo-

ZOO Defined for English Language Learners

zoo

noun

Definition of zoo for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

zoo

noun \ ˈzü \

Definition of zoo for Students

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


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