Definition of manège in English:

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Pronunciation: /maˈnɛʒ/


1An enclosed area in which horses and riders are trained.
Example sentences
  • The lawn leads down to a manège for exercising horses and an organic kitchen garden.
  • He used to ride well, but doesn't these days, although there are 13 loose boxes, a tack room and an outdoor manège.
  • In a decision of the First Secretary of State dated 8 January 2003, concerning the formation of a manège to the north of St Vincent's Convent, there was no mention of the precise nature of the present uses of the site.
1.1 [mass noun] The movements in which a horse is trained in a riding school.
Example sentences
  • Training horses to perform the manoeuvres of haute école or manège was once intended to fit them for war, but became a courtly game practised to great acclaim by Prince Henry and others in his circle.
1.2 [mass noun] Horsemanship.


Mid 17th century: French, from Italian (see manage).

  • manage from mid 16th century:

    Managers now manage businesses, but the first things to be managed were horses. The earliest sense of manage in English was ‘to handle or train a horse’, or put it through the exercises of the manège (mid 17th century). This French word, used in English to mean ‘an area in which horses and riders are trained’ and ‘horsemanship’, is at root the same word as manage—both go back through Italian to Latin manus ‘hand’, the source also of manacles (Middle English) which restrain your hands; manicure (late 19th century) care of your hands; manipulate (early 19th century) to handle something; manner; manoeuvre; manual (Late Middle English) either done with your hands or a handbook; and manuscript (late 16th century) something written by hand.

Words that rhyme with manège

beige, cortège, Liège

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