medley

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

1med·ley

noun \ˈmed-lē\

: a musical piece made up of parts of other musical works

: a mixture of different people or things

sports : a race in swimming in which swimmers use a different stroke for each different part of the race

plural medleys

Full Definition of MEDLEY

1
archaic :  melee
2
:  a diverse assortment or mixture; especially :  hodgepodge
3
:  a musical composition made up of a series of songs or short pieces

Examples of MEDLEY

  1. a medley of show tunes
  2. <a medley of snack foods available on the buffet table>

Origin of MEDLEY

Middle English medle, from Anglo-French medlee, from feminine of medlé, past participle of medler to mix — more at meddle
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with MEDLEY

2medley

adjective

Definition of MEDLEY

:  mixed, motley

First Known Use of MEDLEY

14th century

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