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1. dish (of food), course of dishes Wiv. III. i. 63 “a of porridge,” Shr. IV. iv. 70, Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 11 “our feasts In every have folly,” Tim. IV. iii. 427, Lr. I. i. 119.
2. quantity of food stuff sufficient for a dish 2H4 II. i. 106 “to borrow a mess of vinegar.”
3. one of the groups of persons, normally four, into which the company at a banquet was divided; Wint. I. ii. 227 “lower m-es” (i.e. people of inferior status), John I. i. 190 “He and his toothpick at my worship's mess,” Ham. V. ii. 90 “at the king's mess.”
4. set of four LLL. IV. iii. 207, V. ii. 362, 3H6 I. iv. 73 “your mess of sons.”
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