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From Anglo-Norman meinoure, Old French manuevre. See maneuver and French main (hand).


mainor (plural mainors)

  1. (law, Britain, obsolete) The act or fact, especially of theft.
  2. (law, Britain, obsolete) A stolen article found on the person of the thief.
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Usage notes[edit]

  • A thief was said to be "taken with the mainor" when he was taken with the thing stolen upon him, i.e. in his hands.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mainor in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)