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1motley

adjective mot·ley \ˈmät-lē\

: made up of many different people or things

Full Definition of MOTLEY

1
:  variegated in color <a motley coat>
2
:  composed of diverse often incongruous elements <a motley crowd>

Examples of MOTLEY

  1. a motley collection of junk
  2. a motley crew of musicians

Origin of MOTLEY

Middle English, perhaps from mot mote, speck
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with MOTLEY

2motley

noun

Definition of MOTLEY

1
:  a woolen fabric of mixed colors made in England between the 14th and 17th centuries
2
:  a garment made of motley; especially :  the characteristic dress of the professional fool
3
:  jester, fool
4
:  a mixture especially of incongruous elements

Examples of MOTLEY

  1. <the motleys with their colorful outfits>
  2. <a motley of old junk stored in the attic>

Origin of MOTLEY

Middle English, probably from 1motley
First Known Use: 14th century

Motley

biographical name Mot·ley \ˈmät-lē\

Definition of MOTLEY

John Lothrop 1814–1877 Am. hist.

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