1690s, "management of a household, domestic establishment," from Fr. ménage
, from O.Fr. manaige
"household, family dwelling," from V.L. *mansionaticum
"household, that which pertains to a house," from L. mansionem
"dwelling" (see mansion
). Now generally used in suggestive borrowed phrase ménage à trois
(1891), lit. "household of three." Borrowed earlier as mayngnage
and in the sense "members of a household, a man's household" (c.1300).