Meaning of meinie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmeɪni/


archaic, dialect Scottish, British
  • 1A body of people attending a lord or other powerful person. More generally: a body of retainers, attendants, dependants, or followers; a retinue.

  • 2A crowd of people; (depreciative) a rabble.


Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman maigné, mayné, meigné, meinée, mesnee, meyné and Old French mesnie, variants of Anglo-Norman maignede and Old French (Normandy) maisnede from an unrecorded post-classical Latin derivative of classical Latin mansiōn-, mansiō.