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[muh-naj-uh-ree, -nazh-] /məˈnædʒ ə ri, -ˈnæʒ-/
a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.
a place where they are kept or exhibited.
an unusual and varied group of people.
Origin of menagerie
1705-15; < French: literally, housekeeping. See ménage, -ery Unabridged
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Examples from the web for menagerie
  • Muddled and meandering, this menagerie will test readers' patience.
  • The menagerie of animals that can brandish a brush is seemingly endless.
  • He keeps a menagerie of monkeys and peacocks in the grounds of his office.
  • Behind her, a menagerie of puppets frolicked.
  • During a storm, a boy in a boat rescues a man and his menagerie of animals.
  • It will have eight elephants and some camels and zebras but no menagerie.
  • There is a small menagerie of animals on hand, too.
  • Included in the menagerie are imaginary hamsters and pet rocks.
  • Arriving about noon we first did the honor of a call to the menagerie.
  • Byron lived here with his menagerie of exotic animals and mistresses.
British Dictionary definitions for menagerie


a collection of wild animals kept for exhibition
the place where such animals are housed
Word Origin
C18: from French: household management, which formerly included care of domestic animals. See ménage
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Word Origin and History for menagerie

"collection of wild animals kept in captivity," 1712, from French ménagerie "housing for domestic animals" (16c.), from Old French manage (see menage).

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