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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1690s, "management of a household, domestic establishment," from French ménage, from Old French manage "household, family dwelling" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *mansionaticum "household, that which pertains to a house," from Latin mansionem "dwelling" (see mansion). Now generally used in suggestive borrowed phrase ménage à trois (1891), literally "household of three." Borrowed earlier as mayngnage, maynage and in the sense "members of a household, a man's household" (c.1300); but this was obsolete by c.1500.


n. (alternative form of ménage English)


n. a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home" [syn: family, household, house, home]

Ménage (disambiguation)
For associations with the French equestrian term (Manège), see Manege (disambiguation).

Ménage may refer to:

  • Ménage à trois, a sexual relationship between three people
  • Ménage à Troi, a 1990 episode from the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • "Ménage à Trois" (song), a 2003 song by the Swedish band Alcazar
  • Menage a Trois (album), a 2004 album by American rapper Baby Bash
  • Ménage à Trois, a wine brand produced by Folie à Deux
  • Le ménage moderne du Madame Butterfly, a 1920 French pornographic film from the 1920s
  • En ménage, an 1881 novel by French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Ménage, a 1986 French comedy-drama film
  • Gilles Ménage (1613–1692), French scholar
  • Ménage, a frequent error for manège, a rectangular arena for horse training and dressage
  • Nicki Minaj (born 1984), female rapper from Queens, New York
  • Ménage problem, the mathematical problem of counting seating arrangements in which men and women alternate and nobody sits next to his or her spouse
  • Menage Trois, a former female African-American pornstar from Texas active during the mid to late 90's.

Usage examples of "menage".

Rosemary West and Frederick West then expanded into a menage trois, with the Wests sharing the girl as a lover, often at the same time and always in the same bed.

And meanwhile, he would remain at Ma Cachette, enjoying the comforts of an elegant menage, with a host of servants at his command.

With such a husband one collaborates in the maintenance of the menage and the management of a small business, something substantial if small.

I had realized early on that she was one of those women who will get her own way by one means or another, and I wondered whose idea it had been to make the honeymoon a menage a trois.

Then vp arose a man of matchlesse might,And wondrous wit to menage high affaires,Who stird with pitty of the stressed plightOf this sad Realme, cut into sundry shairesBy such, as claymd themselues Brutes rightfull haires,Gathered the Princes of the people loose,To taken counsell of their common cares.

There's a touch of the superstitious in my make-up, and the way the Bassett menage seemed to be raising its ugly head, if you know what I mean, struck me as sinister.

I have not been with both of them at once before, Your Majesty, and a menage a trois must be done carefully or you spoil the game.

The T-shirted cameraman moved in close, as if the probing lens of the Ikegami video camera was the third member of a menage a trois.

He dived behind a carved pillar that displayed a relief image of a menage a trois among a man, a woman and a cobra, his finger depressing the trigger of his Sin Eater.

They felt they had a motive now menage a trois, he thought with disgust - and his confession to Castleford's murder was in the hands of the woman in the case.