ménage

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: menage, Menage, and ménagé

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from 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.]

Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French mesnage, 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 *mā(n)siōnāta (French maisonnée), from Latin mānsiō (which also became French maison).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /me.naʒ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʒ

Noun[edit]

ménage m (plural ménages)

  1. housework, housekeeping
  2. household

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French ménage.

Noun[edit]

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

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