or mein·ie

[ mey-nee ]
/ ˈmeɪ ni /

noun, plural mein·ies.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meinie

  • The doctor's meinie, therefore, took their way along the open, avoiding all prominences of landscape and people.

  • 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



/ (ˈmeɪnɪ) /

noun plural meinies obsolete

a retinue or household
Scot a crowd

Word Origin for meiny

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