Meaning of MÉNAGE in English


(ˈ)mā|näzh, -nȧzh noun

( -s )

Etymology: French ménage, from Old French mesnage dwelling house, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin mansionaticum, from Latin mansion-, mansio habitation, dwelling — more at mansion


a. : a domestic establishment : household

a respectable ménage — F.A.Swinnerton

an unstable ménage — Harry Levin

add one or two concubines to his ménage — John Blofeld

b. : a place in which a person keeps house or that is managed like a household : quarters

lunch with the young men at their mess — as all communal ménages appear to be called in the East — Evelyn Waugh

apartment, an eight-room ménage on the fourteenth floor — E.J.Kahn

very formal, and very well kept, whereas I had expected find myself in an entirely Bohemian ménage — George Copeland

c. : domestic management : housekeeping

accommodates our democratic ménage to the taste of the richest and most extravagant plebeian among us — W.D.Howells


a. : a savings club organized in some Scottish and English communities so that each member pays in a set sum each week and the total sum is paid to a different member each week

b. dialect Britain : the selling of goods (as cloth) on installments often by an itinerant vendor

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