Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alley where there are stables; a narrow passage; a confined place.
  • n. A place where birds of prey are housed.
  • n. Plural form of mew.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of mew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An alley where there are stables; a narrow passage; a confined place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The royal stables in London, so called because built where the mews of the king's hawks were situated; hence, a place where carriage-horses are kept in large towns.
  • [Used as a singular.] An alley or court in which stables or mews are situated: as, he lives up a mews.
  • n. A dialectal form of moss.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. street lined with buildings that were originally private stables but have been remodeled as dwellings

Etymologies

From Mewes, the name of the royal stables at Charing Cross. (Wiktionary)
Plural noun, see mew. (Wiktionary)
See mew. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am living over a mews -- over a _mews_ with twelve pounds and a few shillings, and then _nothing_ -- nothing at all. "

    Once Aboard the Lugger

  • The word mews dates back to Henry VIII's hawks, which were "mewed", or caged.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Two hundred years later, bluff King Hal would turn out the hawks to make room for his horses; but as yet the word mews had its proper signification of a place where hawks were mewed or confined.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood A Tale of the Fourteenth Century

  • Their little house sat secret and smug as a tomb, and the arched entrance to the mews was a black yawn beside it.

    More Work for the Undertaker

  • This place was afterwards enlarged, and converted into stables for horses; but the old name remained, and now most stables in London are called mews, although the word is derived from falconry, and the hawks have long since flown away.

    Old English Sports

  • The mews were the buildings where the hawks were kept when moulting, the word "mew" being a term used by falconers to signify to moult, or cast feathers; and the King's Mews, near Charing Cross, was the place where the royal hawks were kept.

    Old English Sports

  • Pennant says that the royal stables in London were called mews from the fact that the buildings were formerly used for keeping the king's falcons.

    The Lady of the Lake

  • Their mews were the loudest sound in the street at that moment, as there was little traffic, and the city was unusually quiet.

    Brits at their Best

  • His bird lives in a large cage he built called a mews and all aspects of the life of each bird, including capture, care and training, must be reported to state and federal agencies.

    Memphis Commercial Appeal Stories

  • The diminution of late years of house-flies in London houses is simply and solely due to legislation compelling the removal of horse manure from the "mews" so frequent at the back of London streets.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

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