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menagerie

noun

  1. (collection)  a collection of live animals for study or display
    Type of: collection
  2. (facility)  the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition
    Synonyms: zoo, zoological garden. Type of: facility

Etymology summary

"collection of wild animals kept in captivity", from French ménagerie "housing...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Menagerie

a form of keeping common and exotic animals in captivity that preceded the modern zoological garden. The term was first used in seventeenth century France in reference to the management of household or domestic stock. Later, it came to be used... (41 of 2796 words, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

menagerie

a collection of wild animals kept for exhibition | the place where such animals are housed (15 of 382 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/menagerie

Merriam-Webster:

menagerie | agglomerate [synonym, sense-specific] | agglomeration [synonym, sense-specific] | alphabet soup [synonym, sense-specific] | assortment [synonym, sense-specific] | botch [synonym, sense-specific] | clutter [synonym, sense-specific] | collage [synonym, sense-specific] | crazy quilt [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition ; a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition | a ... (24 of 194 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/menagerie

Oxford Dictionary:

menagerie

a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition (10 of 42 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/menagerie

American Heritage Dictionary:

menagerie

A collection of live wild animals on exhibition. | An enclosure in which wild animals are kept. | A diverse or miscellaneous group. (21 of 35 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/menagerie

Macmillan British Dictionary:

menagerie [countable] | menageries [plural]

a large collection of wild animals kept in cages etc (10 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/menagerie

Random House Dictionary:

menagerie

a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition. | a place where they are kept or exhibited. | an unusual and varied group of ... (24 of 34 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/menagerie

New World Dictionary:

menagerie

a collection of wild or strange animals kept in cages or enclosures for exhibition | a place where such animals are kept (21 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/menagerie

Wiktionary:

menagerie | menageries [plural]

A collection of live wild animals on exhibition; the enclosure where they are kept. | A diverse or miscellaneous group. (19 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/menagerie

Cambridge Dictionary:

menagerie

a collection of wild animals which are kept privately or to show to the public (15 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/menagerie

Encarta Dictionary:

menagerie | menageries [plural]

a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for the curiosity and entertainment of the public, sometimes as part of a traveling show | an enclosure ... (25 of 75 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861678681​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

menagerie

First use: 1712

Origin: "collection of wild animals kept in captivity", from French ménagerie "housing for domestic animals", from Old French menage.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=menagerie

Wiktionary:

menagerie | menageries [plural]

Origin: French ménagerie, derived from ménager ("to keep house"), household. Housekeeping used to include taking care of domestic animals.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/menagerie

Collins Dictionary:

menagerie

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French: household management, which formerly included care of domestic animals. See ménage

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/menagerie

Merriam-Webster:

menagerie

First use: 1676

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/menagerie

Oxford Dictionary:

menagerie

First use: late 17th century

Origin: French ménagerie, from ménage (see "ménage")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/menagerie

American Heritage Dictionary:

menagerie

Origin: French ménagerie, from Old French mesnage, ménage; see "ménage".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/menagerie

New World Dictionary:

menagerie

Origin: French ménagerie from ménage: see "ménage"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/menagerie

Encarta Dictionary:

menagerie | menageries [plural]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: French from ménage

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861678681​/definition​.html  [offline]

ménage | ménages [plural]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: French; from Latin manere "dwell, stay"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629217​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

menagerie | menageries [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "menagerie"

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Collins Dictionary:

menagerie

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "menagerie"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/menagerie

Macmillan British Dictionary:

menagerie [countable] | menageries [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "menagerie"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/menagerie

Macmillan American Dictionary:

menagerie [countable] | menageries [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "menagerie"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/menagerie

Cambridge Dictionary:

menagerie

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "menagerie"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "menagerie"

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the Free Dictionary:

menagerie

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "menagerie"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "menagerie" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

menagerie | menageries [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "menagerie"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

menagerie

Audio: North American pronunciation of "menagerie"

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YourDictionary Audio:

menagerie

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "menagerie" by speech synthesizer

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