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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.
Also, menage.
1250-1300; Middle English < FrenchVulgar Latin *mansiōnāticum. See mansion, -age Unabridged
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Examples for menage
  • So the film strains credulity by tossing in every imaginable friendship or fit of jealousy that this menage can hold.
  • It indicates that a menage a trois can work reasonably well.
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 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, maynage and in the sense "members of a household, a man's household" (c.1300).
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