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merry men

pl n
  1. facetious a person's assistants or followers
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Word Origin for merry men

C19: originally, the companions of a knight, outlaw, etc
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Historical Examples of merry men

  • She clapped her hands gaily, and cried: "Welcome, welcome, merry-men all!"

    Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete

    Gilbert Parker