meinie

meinie
noun /ˈmeɪni/

whan they in the castell wyste how Sir Palomydes had sped, there was a joyfull mayné.

b) A retinue.

That, for the tirant is of gretter myght, / By force of meynee, for to sleen dounright, / And brennen hous and hoom, and make al playn, / Lo, therfore is he cleped a capitayn; / And for the outlawe hath but smal meynee, / And may nat doon so greet an harm as he, / Ne brynge a contree to so greet mescheef, / Men clepen hym an outlawe or a theef.


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  • meinie — or meiny [mā′nē] n. pl. meinies [mā′ēz] 〚ME menie < OFr meisniee: see MENIAL〛 1. Obs. feudal retainers or attendants, collectively; retinue or household 2 …   Universalium

  • meinie — or meiny [mā′nē] n. pl. meinies [mā′ēz] [ME menie < OFr meisniee: see MENIAL] 1. Obs. feudal retainers or attendants, collectively; retinue or household 2. Scot. a crowd; throng; multitude …   English World dictionary

  • Meinie — AnNor. word for retainers or liveried dependants of a lord or magnate; the retinue or members of a household. The queen would also have her meinie, composed largely of women. Cf. Fautor; Manupast; Retinentia …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • meinie — meiny, meine, or meinie /miyn(iy)/ In old English law, a household; staff or suite of attendants; a retinue; particularly, the royal household …   Black's law dictionary

  • meinie — meiny, meine, or meinie /miyn(iy)/ In old English law, a household; staff or suite of attendants; a retinue; particularly, the royal household …   Black's law dictionary

  • meinie —   n. household, retinue …   Dictionary of difficult words

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  • meiny, meine, or meinie — /miyn(iy)/ In old English law, a household; staff or suite of attendants; a retinue; particularly, the royal household …   Black's law dictionary

  • meiny, meine, or meinie — /miyn(iy)/ In old English law, a household; staff or suite of attendants; a retinue; particularly, the royal household …   Black's law dictionary

  • Menial — Someone within a lord s meinie, i.e. a man who performed household duties for his lord. These men were soldiers or officials. The tasks they performed would not have been degrading. The current sense is a dilution of the original meaning, applied …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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