Meaning of “zoo” in the English Dictionary

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"zoo" in British English

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zoonoun [ C ]

uk /zuː/ us /zuː/ plural zoos old-fashioned formal zoological gardens

A1 an area in which animals, especially wild animals, are kept so that people can go and look at them or study them

a place where there are a lot of people and their behaviour is not well organized or controlled:

The school cafeteria is a zoo.

More examples

  • How about a trip to the zoo this afternoon?
  • Tea-time in our house is like feeding time at the zoo!
  • "Did the kids enjoy their trip to the zoo?" "Oh, yes, they were full of it when they got back this afternoon."
  • The bad weather really took the gloss off our trip to the zoo.
  • We could hear the lions roaring at the other end of the zoo.

(Definition of “zoo” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"zoo" in American English

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zoonoun [ C ]

us /zu/ plural zoos

an area in which animals, esp. wild animals, are kept so that people can go and look at them:

The children love to visit the elephants at the zoo.

(Definition of “zoo” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)