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ménage Syllabification: mé·nage
Pronunciation: /məˈnäZH/
/māˈnäZH/

Definition of ménage in English:

noun

1The members of a household: crisis had recently unsettled the Clelland ménage
More example sentences
  • He asked his grandmother, with whom the family lived in a ménage that included the up-and-coming young pianist John Lill, for a loan of £50 to buy it.
  • You'll find your run-of-the-mill standard, square tables, some even set for three for ménages of the same size, but what's really nice is the presence of larger round tables, more conducive to dinner with conversation.
  • Picasso's turbulent love-life and his complicated ménage of women and ‘love-children’ meant that women are central to his art.
1.1The management of a household: they were forced to conduct their ménage on a humbler scale than heretofore
More example sentences
  • Assisting this merry ménage is Robert, master of the house.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French menage, from mainer 'to stay', influenced by Old French mesnie 'household', both ultimately based on Latin manere 'remain'.

Words that rhyme with ménage

badinage

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