medley

noun
med·​ley | \ ˈmed-lē \
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

medley

adjective

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

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Paul has openly spoken about changes coming to Team 10, while addressing the medley of ongoing issues with former members. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Jake Paul’s vlog empire, Team 10, deletes all social media ahead of announcement," 18 Oct. 2018 The medley also got an expert laser and neon treatment, and at the end of the mini set, a quick routine to a Missy Elliot trio that could have been a full segment unto itself. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 Alders, a freshman last season, was part of the 200-yard medley and 400 free relays that advanced to state. Johnny Gorches, Post-Tribune, "Andrew Alders and Lucas Piunti carry the torch for Chesterton in swimming," 23 Feb. 2018 The Cooper boys won the 200-yard medley and 400-freestyle relays and placed fourth in the 200 free relay. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "HS notebook: Kingwood girls soccer off to fast start," 8 Feb. 2018 Pre-show seating drama aside, his three-song medley was a journey of kaleidoscope proportions that ended with a shout-out to the late, great Aretha Franklin. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018 Kendrick Lamar, 2017 As Kendrick Lamar sang and rapped his medley, a wall of flames, complete with flipping Ninjas, erupted behind him. Vogue, "The Most Memorable MTV VMA Sets in Recent History," 17 Aug. 2018 The food: The campechano taco — featuring a medley of chorizo and steak and bulked up with creamy, buttery cubes of potato — was a satisfyingly meaty bite, with tangy and spicy flavors from the fixings. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 Nicki Minaj kicked off the 2017 Billboard Music Awards this evening with an epic, four-song, nine-minute medley. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nicki Minaj Opened The Billboard Music Awards With A Four-Song Medley," 22 May 2017

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, Cincinnati.com, "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, star-telegram.com, "Young swimmers work to create foundation for Mansfield Timberview," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of medley

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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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medley

noun

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

medley

noun
med·​ley | \ ˈmed-lē \
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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