ménage

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman meinage, maynage, Old French mainage, menage, from manoir (to stay), maneir, maindre; with later influence after French ménage.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /mɛˈnɑːʒ/, /meɪˈnɑːʒ/

Noun[edit]

ménage (plural ménages)

  1. A household; a domestic situation. [from 14th c.]
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 39:
      It smelled of ether and something else, possibly laudanum. I had never tried the mixture but it seemed to go pretty well with the Geiger ménage.
  2. (now Scotland) A type of cooperative society whereby all members pay a regular sum of savings, or through which goods can be paid for in installments. [from 19th c.]
  3. A group of people living together in a sexual relationship. [from 20th c.]

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French manage, mainage, from manoir, maneir, maindre, from Latin manēre. The Old French forms maisnage, mesnage were influenced by the word maisnée, maisnede, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mansiō.

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Noun[edit]

ménage m (plural ménages)

  1. housework, housekeeping
  2. household

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Noun[edit]

ménage m or f (in variation) (plural ménages)

  1. domestic life
  2. household (everyone who lives in a given house)
  3. Short for ménage à trois.