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meiny

or mein·ie

[mey-nee]
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noun, plural mein·ies.
  1. Archaic. a group or suite of attendants, followers, dependents, etc.
  2. Scot. Archaic. a multitude; crowd.
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Origin of meiny

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.

  • 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

meinie

noun plural meinies obsolete
  1. a retinue or household
  2. Scot a crowd
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French mesnie, from Vulgar Latin mansiōnāta (unattested), from Latin mansiō a lodging; see mansion
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