med·​ley | \ ˈmed-lē How to pronounce medley (audio) \
plural medleys

Definition of medley

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1 : a musical composition made up of a series of songs or short pieces a medley of show tunes
2 : a diverse assortment or mixture especially : hodgepodge a medley of sounds a medley of desserts was arrested on a medley of charges
3 archaic : melee



Definition of medley (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of medley in a Sentence

Noun a medley of show tunes a medley of snack foods available on the buffet table
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The network enlisted Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Cyndi Lauper to all make special appearances, while the Foo Fighters were presented with the Global Icon Award and Busta Rhymes performed a medley of hits. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Global Icon award, and accordingly the band performed a medley of some of their greatest hits. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 He was joined on stage by Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and Griselda for a medley of the late rapper's songs, including a special appearance by Michael K. Williams. Sarah Michaud,, 28 June 2021 Peruse a medley of pastries to-go, including fruit danishes, raspberry or hazelnut beignets, and an assortment of croissants. Nicole Schnitzler,, 31 Aug. 2021 Lorde will also do a medley of songs from her new album Solar Power. Tomás Mier,, 24 Aug. 2021 In 2020 the management added the Redwood Canopy Trail, a medley of platforms and suspension bridges that takes visitors into the upper reaches of the big trees. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 High school athletes are not governed by one overarching organization like the NCAA but rather a medley of statewide athletic associations. Scott Nover, Quartz, 2 Aug. 2021 Claire Curzan did not qualify for the women's 100-meter butterfly but will return to North Carolina as a silver medalist after Team USA earned the medal in the 4x100 women's medley behind Australia. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Texans were led by their girls medley team, which reached the championship final and placed eighth, and Megan Lewis, who took seventh in the 500 free and ninth for the B final victory in the 200 free. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, 10 Feb. 2020 Spring Woods sends all six relays to regionals, led by the fifth-place medley boys team of Samuel Jennings, Hewry Schmidt, Jacob Jennings and Clayton Richard. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, 24 Jan. 2018 Hunter will have back the GMC third team 200 medley team of Owen Pelzer, Kevin LaGrange, Jakob Eichhorn and Aidan Flanigan. Scott Springer,, 8 Dec. 2017 In addition, Munoz was part of the winning 200 medley team (back-23.43), and 400 free relay team third leg (45.29). Staff Report, Orange County Register, 11 May 2017 Wright is a 100m back, 400 free and medley relay specialist. Randy Sachs,, 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of medley


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medley

Noun and Adjective

Middle English medle, from Anglo-French medlee, from feminine of medlé, past participle of medler to mix — more at meddle

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17 Sep 2021

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“Medley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of medley

: a musical piece made up of parts of other musical works
: a mixture of different people or things
: a race in swimming in which swimmers use a different stroke for each different part of the race


med·​ley | \ ˈmed-lē How to pronounce medley (audio) \
plural medleys

Kids Definition of medley

1 : mixture sense 2, jumble a medley of tastes
2 : a musical selection made up of a series of different songs or parts of different compositions

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