meinie (plural meinies)
- (now rare, Scotland, Ireland) A household, or family.
- 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum lxiv”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book X, [London: William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034, page 525:
- And whanne they in the caſtel wyſte hou ſire Palomydes had ſped there was a Ioyeful meyny / and ſoo ſir Palomydes departed / and came to the caſtell of Lonaȝep
- (archaic or historical) A retinue.
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Manciples Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished as William Thynne, editor, The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed, with Diuers Addicions, which were Neuer in Printe before: With the Siege and Destruccion of the Worthy Citee of Thebes, Compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the Table More Plainly Dooeth Appere, London: Imprinted at London, by Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellying in Poules Churchyarde, 1561, OCLC 932919585, folio LXXXIX:
- That, for the tiraunt is of greater mighe / By force of meine, to ſlea doun right / And bren hous and hoom, and make al plain, / Lo therfore is he called a capitain / And for the outlawe hath but ſmal meine, / And maie not doe ſo greate an harme as he, / Ne bring a countrey to ſo greate miſchief / Men callen him an outlawe or a thief.
- 1965, Jack Robert Lander, The Wars of the Roses,
- And in the evening they went with their simple captain to his lodging; but a certain of his simple and rude meinie abode there all the night [...].
- (now Scotland) A crowd of people; a rabble.