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[mey-nahzh; French mey-nazh] /meɪˈnɑʒ; French meɪˈnaʒ/
noun, plural ménages
[mey-nah-zhiz; French mey-nazh] /meɪˈnɑ ʒɪz; French meɪˈnaʒ/ (Show IPA)
a domestic establishment; household.
Origin of ménage
1250-1300; Middle English < FrenchVulgar Latin *mansiōnāticum. See mansion, -age Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for menage
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  • 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
  • menage was younger, and aspired to be a man of the world as well as a savant.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • menage wrote a book upon the amenities of the civil law, which does anything but fulfil its promise.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • Lucilla, as Jeckie well knew, had long been top dog in the Grice menage.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • menage gives the following account of the origin of this ridiculous conceit.

  • menage quotes Suetonius, that Caligula was potionatus by his wife.

  • You see, I am not quite sure what the immediate future of this menage is going to be.

    The Zeppelin's Passenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • This "menage" at Beaulieu oppressed him, and he hated the place.

    Stella Fregelius H. Rider Haggard
  • I did not think myself in the wrong and the feeling of fear had long since ceased to occupy a place in my menage.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • What right had Dan to reveal the secrets of our menage to this chit of a school-girl?

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
British Dictionary definitions for menage


/meɪˈnɑːʒ; French menaʒ/
the persons of a household
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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