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meiny

or mein·ie

[ mey-nee ]
/ ˈmeɪ ni /
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noun, plural mein·ies.

Archaic. a group or suite of attendants, followers, dependents, etc.
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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British Dictionary definitions for meiny

meiny

meinie

/ (ˈmeɪnɪ) /

noun plural meinies obsolete

a retinue or household
Scot a crowd
C13: from Old French mesnie, from Vulgar Latin mansiōnāta (unattested), from Latin mansiō a lodging; see mansion
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