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meiny

or meinie

[mey-nee] /ˈmeɪ ni/
noun, plural meinies.
1.
Archaic. a group or suite of attendants, followers, dependents, etc.
2.
Scot. Archaic. a multitude; crowd.
Origin of meiny
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English meynee household < Old French meyne, mesnie, mesnede < Vulgar Latin *mānsiōnāta. See mansion, -ate1
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Historical Examples
  • I would not have those of your meinie brought into jeopardy for my cause.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The doctor's meinie, therefore, took their way along the open, avoiding all prominences of landscape and people.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad

    Edward John Thompson
  • King Arthur and all his meinie must have been out, for the appearance over the mountains was most singular.

    Barn and the Pyrenees

    Louisa Stuart Costello
British Dictionary definitions for meinie

meiny

/ˈmeɪnɪ/
noun (obsolete) (pl) meinies
1.
a retinue or household
2.
(Scot) a crowd
Word Origin
C13: from Old French mesnie, from Vulgar Latin mansiōnāta (unattested), from Latin mansiō a lodging; see mansion
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