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motley

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adjective mot·ley \ˈmät-lē\

Simple Definition of motley

  • : made up of many different people or things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motley

  1. 1 :  variegated in color <a motley coat>

  2. 2 :  composed of diverse often incongruous elements <a motley crowd>

Examples of motley in a sentence

  1. a motley collection of junk

  2. a motley crew of musicians



Did You Know?

Motley made its debut as an English adjective in the 14th century, but etymologists aren't completely sure where it came from. Many think it probably derived from the Middle English mot, meaning "mote" or "speck." The word is also used as a noun identifying a multicolored fabric, a garment made from such a fabric, or-perhaps the best known sense of all-the fool who often wore such outfits in the European courts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Origin of motley

Middle English, perhaps from mot mote, speck


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with motley


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motley

noun mot·ley

Definition of motley

  1. 1 :  a woolen fabric of mixed colors made in England between the 14th and 17th centuries

  2. 2 :  a garment made of motley; especially :  the characteristic dress of the professional fool

  3. 3 :  jester, fool

  4. 4 :  a mixture especially of incongruous elements



Examples of motley in a sentence

  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

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biographical name Mot·ley \ˈmät-lē\

Definition of Motley

  1. John Lothrop 1814–1877 Am. hist.





MOTLEY Defined for Kids

motley

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adjective mot·ley \ˈmät-lē\

Definition of motley for Students

  1. :  composed of various often unlike kinds or parts <a motley collection of junk>





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