or mein·ie


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 meiny

Historical Examples of meiny

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for meiny



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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