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

Definition of medley

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



Definition of medley (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of medley in a Sentence


a medley of show tunes a medley of snack foods available on the buffet table

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

First, fellow The Voice coach and hostess with the mostess Kelly Clarkson kicked off the evening with a medley of hits by a handful of nominees. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Why Did Adam Levine and Maroon 5 Skip the 2019 Billboard Music Awards?," 2 May 2019 Beyoncé apparently told her, referring to the medley put together by Shangela’s friend Joelapuss. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Shangela on Her Viral Beyoncé Lip Sync at the GLAAD Awards and Meeting Queen Bey," 29 Mar. 2019 Sutton and McNamee were part of Tolland’s winning distance medley team on Friday night at the Irv Black meet in New Britain. Lori Riley,, "High School Track: Though Young, Tolland Boys Coming Together," 16 May 2018 The Cougars also sent six relays to Austin, including the boys distance medley team of Rich Saenz, Moyo Oyebamiji, Parker Diaz and Quenton Vaughn, which placed sixth in 10:33.59. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD wins four gold medals at Texas Relays," 2 Apr. 2018 In addition to meeting BTS briefly during the ceremony, the Jonas Brothers also took a minute to sing directly to the group during their own medley of past and current songs. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Every Iconic BTS Moment You Missed During Billboard Music Awards 2019," 2 May 2019 Guests who braved thunderstorm threats were rewarded with a one-night-only show, Hair to Hamilton, which featured a medley of performances from productions like Hamilton, HAIR, A Chorus Line, and Runaways. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Public Theater's Annual Gala in Central Park," 7 June 2017 But instead of catching adorable Charmanders or Squirtles, people will have to engage with a medley of beloved Harry Potter characters and creatures. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is delayed," 14 Nov. 2018 At the competition, Anderson — who competes under the persona Spudboy, inspired by his favorite band, Devo — plans to rock out to a medley of five Devo songs. Grace Dickinson,, "How to slay at the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships in Philadelphia," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Memorial girls runner-up at 15-6A swim meet," 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,, "Preview: St. Xavier highlights talented pool of Cincinnati swimmers, divers," 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, "Northwood boys and Woodbridge girls capture PCL swim championships.," 11 May 2017 Wright is a 100m back, 400 free and medley relay specialist. Randy Sachs,, "Young swimmers work to create foundation for Mansfield Timberview," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of medley


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of medley

: 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


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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