Definitions for menagerieməˈnædʒ ə ri, -ˈnæʒ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menagerie(noun)

    a collection of live animals for study or display

  2. menagerie, zoo, zoological garden(noun)

    the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition


  1. menagerie(Noun)

    A collection of live wild animals on exhibition; the enclosure where they are kept.

  2. menagerie(Noun)

    A diverse or miscellaneous group.

  3. Origin: From ménagerie, derived from ménager, ménage. Housekeeping used to include taking care of domestic animals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Menagerie(noun)

    a piace where animals are kept and trained

  2. Menagerie(noun)

    a collection of wild or exotic animals, kept for exhibition


  1. Menagerie

    A menagerie is a form of keeping common and exotic animals in captivity that preceded the modern zoological garden. The term was first used in seventeenth century France in reference to the management of household or domestic stock. Later, it came to be used primarily in reference to aristocratic or royal animal collections. The French-language "Methodical Encyclopaedia" of 1782 defines a menagerie as an "establishment of luxury and curiosity." Later on, the term referred also to travelling animal collections that exhibited wild animals at fairs across Europe and the Americas.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Fr. _melange_, mixture, and Ger. _riechen_, to smell. A mixture of smells.

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