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.
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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