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ménage

[mey-nahzh; French mey-nazh] /meɪˈnɑʒ; French meɪˈnaʒ/
noun, plural ménages
[mey-nah-zhiz; French mey-nazh] /meɪˈnɑ ʒɪz; French meɪˈnaʒ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a domestic establishment; household.
Also, menage.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < FrenchVulgar Latin *mansiōnāticum. See mansion, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for menage

ménage

/meɪˈnɑːʒ; French menaʒ/
noun
1.
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
n.

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.

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