follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

aquarium

[uh-kwair-ee-uh m] /əˈkwɛər i əm/
noun, plural aquariums, aquaria
[uh-kwair-ee-uh] /əˈkwɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a glass-sided tank, bowl, or the like, in which fish or other living aquatic animals or plants are kept.
2.
a building or institution in which fish or other aquatic animals or plants are kept for exhibit, study, etc.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; blend of Latin aquārius of or for water (aqu(a) water + -ārius -ary) and vivarium; cf. -arium
Related forms
aquarial, adjective
Can be confused
aquarium, Aquarius.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for aquaria
  • In captivity jellyfish are commonly displayed in aquaria in many countries.
  • Bichirs are popular subjects of public and large hobby aquaria.
British Dictionary definitions for aquaria

aquarium

/əˈkwɛərɪəm/
noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
1.
a tank, bowl, or pool in which aquatic animals and plants are kept for pleasure, study, or exhibition
2.
a building housing a collection of aquatic life, as for exhibition
Word Origin
C19: from Latin aquārius relating to water, on the model of vivarium
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for aquaria

aquarium

n.

1830, noun use of neuter of Latin aquarius "pertaining to water," as a noun, "water-carrier," genitive of aqua "water" (see aqua-). The word existed in Latin, but there it meant "drinking place for cattle." Originally especially for growing aquatic plants; An earlier attempt at a name for "fish tank" was marine vivarium.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for aquarium

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for aquaria

16
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for aquaria