aquar·​i·​um ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio)
plural aquariums or aquaria ə-ˈkwer-ē-ə How to pronounce aquarium (audio)
: a container (such as a glass tank) or an artificial pond in which living aquatic animals or plants are kept
: an establishment where aquatic organisms are kept and exhibited

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But even before that, the aquarium was doing land-office business. Detroit Free Press, 10 Nov. 2022 Willow and Suri are gradually adjusting to their new habitat, the aquarium wrote in the post. Maddie Ellis, Chicago Tribune, 4 Nov. 2022 The aquarium also features heavily in the animated film Finding Dory. Mackenzie Schmidt, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Two males and one female sand tiger shark have been placed in their new home in the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit, and the aquarium is looking for the public's help in naming them. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 2 Nov. 2022 All aglow are glassware, ceramics, an aquarium and a television screen that sports the logo of DuMont, a TV network that ended operations in 1956. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 Tako was a part of OdySea since Sept. 2020, according to a Facebook post from the aquarium. Vic Verbalaitis, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2022 On Thursday morning, staff helped load ice chests containing 175 froglets from the aquarium and 25 from the Santa Ana Zoo into vehicles that transported them to the mountains. Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2022 Outside the museum, in the galleria near the sardine tank, Matthew Oakes emerged from the aquarium. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of aquatic vivarium

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aquarium was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Aquarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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aquar·​i·​um ə-ˈkwar-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio)
plural aquariums or aquaria
: a container (as a glass tank) in which living water animals or plants are kept
also : an establishment where collections of such animals or plants are kept and shown
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