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mew 1

1. A cage for hawks, especially when molting.
2. A secret place; a hideaway.
3. mews(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
a. A group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments.
b. A small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand.
v. mewed, mew·ing, mews
To confine in or as if in a cage.
To molt. Used of a hawk.

[Middle English meue, from Old French mue, from muer, to molt, from Latin mūtāre, to change; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mew 2

intr.v. mewed, mew·ing, mews
To make a high-pitched, crying sound, as that of a cat.
A high-pitching crying sound, especially that of a cat.

[Middle English meuen, of imitative origin.]

mew 3

A migratory gull (Larus canus) that breeds in northern Eurasia and northwest North America.

[Middle English meue, from Old English mǣw, mēu.]


n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Human Geography) a yard or street lined by buildings originally used as stables but now often converted into dwellings
2. the buildings around a mews
3. informal an individual residence in a mews
[C14: pl of mew3, originally referring to royal stables built on the site of hawks' mews at Charing Cross in London]


 stable for horses, 1394; collection of hawks moulting, or hens and capons fattening. [From the cage for hawks when mewing or moulting, 1386.]


A small terrace of stables and staff accommodation in a cobbled street behind a row of rich town (especially London) houses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mews - street lined with buildings that were originally private stables but have been remodeled as dwellings; "she lives in a Chelsea mews"
street - a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom


[mjuːz] (Brit)
A. NSINGcallejuela f
B. CPD mews cottage N casa acondicionada en antiguos establos o cocheras


n sing or pl (= houses) Siedlung ehemaliger zu modischen Wohnungen umgebauter Kutscherhäuschen (= street)Gasse f; (old, = stables) → Stall m, → Stallungen pl; a mews cottageein ehemaliges Kutscherhäuschen
References in classic literature ?
The mews were active, the Piccadilly houses being mostly in occupation.
I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the garden.
There is a sort of mews between two of the tall mansions, a mere slit like the crack of a door by comparison with the street, but just large enough to permit a pigmy ale-house or eating-house, still allowed by the rich to their stable-servants, to stand in the angle.
Turveydrop's great room, which was built out into a mews at the back and was lighted by a skylight.
Holmes's knowledge of the byways of London was extraordinary, and on this occasion he passed rapidly and with an assured step through a network of mews and stables, the very existence of which I had never known.
I know you have bought him a velvet coat, and that he has taken a large, airy and commodious studio in Mews Lane, where you are to be found in a soft material on first and third Wednesdays.
Down the Mews here, Uncle Will, and stop at the black door, with "T.
The delightful Charley mounted again to take the two horses round to the mews.
It was the first she had heard of the mews behind Ducie Street.
the mocking-bird that mews for all the world like a cat?
If you do, come down with me to Tom Corduroy's, in Castle Street Mews, and I'll show you such a bull- terrier as--Pooh
The principal chimney-sweep of that fashionable quarter lived at the blind end of Mews Street; and the same corner contained an establishment much frequented about early morning and twilight for the purchase of wine-bottles and kitchen-stuff.