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.

  1. of or relating to a ménage à trois: erotic ménage fiction.

Origin of ménage

First recorded on 1250–1300; Middle English, from French, ultimately from unattested Vulgar Latin mansiōnāticum; see mansion, -age

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How to use ménage in a sentence

  • His wife came twice a week to clean up and set things to rights in the Baxter menage—his two houses.

    Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
  • There is a femme de menage who goes with the apartment, and we can rent everything, even the table linen, the Huttons say.

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • It struck him as pitifully appropriate to the Enslee menage that Love should be left out in the cold.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • Menage wrote a book upon the amenities of the civil law, which does anything but fulfil its promise.

    The Book-Hunter | John Hill Burton
  • But it's only when a menage becomes socially impossible that a sensible man will interfere.

    Three Plays by Granville-Barker | Harley Granville-Barker

British Dictionary definitions for ménage


/ (meɪˈnɑːʒ, French menaʒ) /

  1. the persons of a household

Origin of ménage

C17: from French, from Vulgar Latin mansiōnāticum (unattested) household; see mansion

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