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

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • 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


noun (obsolete) (pl) meinies
a retinue or household
(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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