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menagerie Syllabification: me·nag·er·ie
Pronunciation: /məˈnajərē/

Definition of menagerie in English:


1A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition.
Example sentences
  • He is a ‘country boy at heart’, a farmer's son from just outside the Lanarkshire town, who grew up among a bizarre menagerie of animals that he refers to as ‘a crazy sort of petting zoo’ and that include two ostriches.
  • Here, we saw a menagerie of farm animals and other small creatures at close quarters, too close when it came to the rats, which scurried along a run beneath our feet, and a tame jackdaw, called Jack, which decided to use my head as a perch.
  • About six weeks before, the beasts who were about three years old and half-grown, were taken from the Tower menagerie to the animals' hospital in Lytham Road South Shore, for a change.
1.1A strange or diverse collection of people or things: some other specimen in the television menagerie
More example sentences
  • Festivals attract a strange but intriguing menagerie of people.
  • In a time of barbarous cruelty, the human menagerie forms the backdrop to our story.


Late 17th century: from French ménagerie, from ménage (see ménage).

Words that rhyme with menagerie

usury • pageantry

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