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meiny

[mey-nee] /ˈmeɪ ni/
noun, plural meinies.
1.
Archaic. a group or suite of attendants, followers, dependents, etc.
2.
Scot. Archaic. a multitude; crowd.
Also, meinie.
Origin
1250-1300
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 meinie

meiny

/ˈmeɪnɪ/
noun (obsolete) (pl) meinies
1.
a retinue or household
2.
(Scot) a crowd
Word Origin
C13: from Old French mesnie, from Vulgar Latin mansiōnāta (unattested), from Latin mansiō a lodging; see mansion
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