Definitions

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  • n. A household, or family.
  • n. A retinue.
  • n. A crowd of people; a rabble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See meiny.

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman maigné, meyné et al., Old French mesnie ("household"), from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mānsiō, mānsiōn ("house"). Compare menial. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Afterward it befell upon a day, that the Can rode with a few meinie for to behold the strength of the country that he had won.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And when that messengers of strange countries come before him, the meinie of the soldan, when the strangers speak to him, they be about the soldan with swords drawn and gisarmes and axes, their arms lifted up in high with those weapons for to smite upon them, if they say any word that is displeasance to the soldan.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And when he hath no war, but rideth with a privy meinie, then he hath borne before him but one cross of tree, without painting and without gold or silver or precious stones, in remembrance that Jesu Christ suffered death upon a cross of tree.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • The doctor's meinie, therefore, took their way along the open, avoiding all prominences of landscape and people.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad

  • And then he maketh her lady of his money, and of his house, and meinie.

    Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus

  • So in due time, after three soundings on the silver trumpets and much curious ceremony of bread and salt, came Don Sancho the Wise in a meinie of his peers, very noble on a roan horse; and Dame Berengère his daughter in a wine-coloured litter, with her ladies about her on ambling palfreys, the colour of burnt grass.

    The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay

  • Who then can it be but her who is at the head of the meinie of this house, who hath misdemeaned herself thus to the spreading amongst those under her of evil reports and surmises affecting her lord's cousin, mistress Dorothy Vaughan? '

    St. George and St. Michael Volume II

  • 'I would not have those of your meinie brought into jeopardy for my cause.'

    Two Penniless Princesses

  • "But, Lord King, he has with him a meinie of full forty knights."

    Hereward, the Last of the English

  • And at that started out two knights, who had come down from the castle, seeing the meinie on the down, and asked, --

    Hereward, the Last of the English

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