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[muh-naj-uh-ree, -nazh-] /məˈnædʒ ə ri, -ˈnæʒ-/
a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.
a place where they are kept or exhibited.
an unusual and varied group of people.
Origin of menagerie
1705-15; < French: literally, housekeeping. See ménage, -ery Unabridged
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  • They had not been herded together like animals in a menagerie, as in Colonel Corkran's day.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Are you thinking we are live kangaroos escaped from a menagerie?

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Does she still keep a menagerie for sick dogs and lost cats?

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Then to a meek huérfanita, feeding her menagerie, I made oration.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • "Your friends sound like a menagerie," remarked Zeb, uneasily.

British Dictionary definitions for menagerie


a collection of wild animals kept for exhibition
the place where such animals are housed
Word Origin
C18: from French: household management, which formerly included care of domestic animals. See ménage
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Word Origin and History for menagerie

"collection of wild animals kept in captivity," 1712, from French ménagerie "housing for domestic animals" (16c.), from Old French manage (see menage).

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