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or me·nage

[mey-nahzh; French mey-nazh]
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noun, plural mé·nages [mey-nah-zhiz; French mey-nazh] /meɪˈnɑ ʒɪz; French meɪˈnaʒ/.
  1. a domestic establishment; household.
  2. housekeeping.
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Origin of ménage

1250–1300; Middle English < FrenchVulgar Latin *mansiōnāticum. See mansion, -age
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Related Words for menage

tribe, people, house, household, dynasty, strain, folk, parentage, brood, group, descent, inheritance, progeny, system, extraction, issue, lineage, relationship, kindred, ancestry

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Historical Examples of menage

  • I can sit on any horse, but I have had no opportunity of learning the menage.

    Saint Bartholomew's Eve

    G. A. Henty

  • Did you ever hear of anything so absurd as Leonora presiding over a missionary's menage?

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • Let Mills (I see you have him still) call on me to-morrow about your menage.

  • Menage was younger, and aspired to be a man of the world as well as a savant.

  • Lucilla, as Jeckie well knew, had long been top dog in the Grice menage.

    The Root of All Evil

    J. S. Fletcher

British Dictionary definitions for menage


  1. the persons of a household
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Word Origin for ménage

C17: from French, from Vulgar Latin mansiōnāticum (unattested) household; see mansion
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Word Origin and History for menage


1690s, "management of a household, domestic establishment," from French ménage, from Old French manage "household, family dwelling" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *mansionaticum "household, that which pertains to a house," from Latin mansionem "dwelling" (see mansion). Now generally used in suggestive borrowed phrase ménage à trois (1891), literally "household of three." Borrowed earlier as mayngnage, maynage and in the sense "members of a household, a man's household" (c.1300); but this was obsolete by c.1500.

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