Definition of ménage in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈnäZH/
Pronunciation: /māˈnäZH/


1The members of a household: crisis had recently unsettled the Clelland ménage
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  • 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
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  • Assisting this merry ménage is Robert, master of the house.


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

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Syllabification: mé·nage

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