Menagerie meaning

mə-năjə-rē, -năzh-
The definition of a menagerie is an odd or eclectic assortment of things, or a collection of animals that are kept to be exhibited.

An odd and eclectic collection of books and trinkets is an example of a menagerie.

A zoo with a variety of different animals is an example of a menagerie.

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A diverse or miscellaneous group.
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A place where such animals are kept.
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A collection of wild or strange animals kept in cages or enclosures for exhibition.
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A collection of live wild animals on exhibition; the enclosure where they are kept.
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Origin of menagerie

  • French ménagerie from Old French mesnage ménage ménage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French ménagerie, derived from ménager (“to keep house"), household. Housekeeping used to include taking care of domestic animals.

    From Wiktionary