One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The members of a household.‘the Clelland ménage’
family, household, clan, tribeView synonyms
- ‘You'll find your run-of-the-mill standard, square tables, some even set for three for ménages of the same size, but what's really nice is the presence of larger round tables, more conducive to dinner with conversation.’
- ‘Picasso's turbulent love-life and his complicated ménage of women and ‘love-children’ meant that women are central to his art.’
- ‘He asked his grandmother, with whom the family lived in a ménage that included the up-and-coming young pianist John Lill, for a loan of £50 to buy it.’
- ‘Moreover, even though the men in the film do ultimately incorporate the mother, her return is experienced by the audience as an unfair intrusion and the men's inclusion of her in their ménage a generous (if also pragmatic) gesture.’
- ‘In 1869 Bizet married Geneviève, the daughter of his teacher Halévy, but their ménage was soon interrupted by the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War and the turmoil of the Commune.’
Middle English: from Old French menage, from mainer ‘to stay’, influenced by Old French mesnie ‘household’, both ultimately based on Latin manere ‘remain’.
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