Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun People living together as a unit; a household.
  • noun The management of a household.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete variant of manage.
  • noun A household; the company of persons living together in a house.
  • noun Housekeeping; household management.
  • noun 3 (me-naj′ ). A kind of club or friendly society common among the poorer of the working classes of Scotland and the north of England.
  • noun A menagerie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See manage.
  • noun obsolete A collection of animals; a menagerie.
  • noun A social group living together; a household.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a social unit living together

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French mesnage, alteration (influenced by maisnie, family) of manage, from maneir, to stay, from Latin manēre, to remain; see remain.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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