mean (n.) Old form(s): Meane , Meanes
middle-part singer, tenor, alto
LLL V.ii.328[Berowne to all, of Boyet] he can sing / A mean most meanly
TG I.ii.95[Lucetta to Julia] There wanteth but a mean to fill your song [i.e. a man]
WT IV.iii.42[Clown to himself, of the shearer singers] they are most of them means and basses
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