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[muh-naj-uh-ree, -nazh-]
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  1. a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.
  2. a place where they are kept or exhibited.
  3. an unusual and varied group of people.
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Origin of menagerie

1705–15; < French: literally, housekeeping. See ménage, -ery
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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


  1. a collection of wild animals kept for exhibition
  2. the place where such animals are housed
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Word Origin

C18: from French: household management, which formerly included care of domestic animals. See ménage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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