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or meinie

[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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  • Uta, the noble dame, and all her meiny mourned bitterly the stately man.

  • Then Kriemhild spied the margravine standing with her meiny.

  • Most lovingly Rudeger's daughter with her meiny went to welcome the queen.

  • Whether it were helm or buckler, 'twas all brought forth to them by their meiny.

  • Helca's meiny, that aforetime waited on their mistress, passed many a happy day thereafter at Kriemhild's side.

  • When brave Dankwart was come within the door, he bade King Etzel's meiny step aside.

British Dictionary definitions for meiny


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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