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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 27, 2008

Meyne (n.) - household, retinue, train, company.

Allas, so wilsom wightis as we
Was neuere in worlde walkand in wede,
Oure maistir sais his awne meyn
Has betrayed hym to synfull seede.

- Anonymous: The York plays (1440)

Pronunciation: /maIn@/

/m/ m in make
/aI/ ai in aisle
/n/ n in no
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard

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