medley

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noun

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

medley

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adjective

Example Sentences

Noun a medley of show tunes a medley of snack foods available on the buffet table
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In the bridge deck salon, an acoustic guitar sits in a cradle suggesting late-night jamming to a medley of Beatles tunes. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2022 However, after performing a medley of their hits, current members Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor took to the podium and explained his absence. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Nov. 2022 However, after performing a medley of their hits, current members Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor took to the podium and explained his absence. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 5 Nov. 2022 Growing up on the west side of Phoenix, Mack was exposed to a medley of culinary influences, constantly surrounded by the cooking of her Alabama-native father, her Thai mother, her Japanese older sisters, and her friends from Mexico City. Madeleine Parrish, The Arizona Republic, 24 Oct. 2022 Keep your guests full well into the evening with a medley of sweet and savory tartlets. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 Leshchenko filled the void with a medley of projects. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2022 Minaj’s most recent VMAs appearance, in 2018, consisted of a medley of four songs from her then-current album, Queen. Paul Grein, Billboard, 8 Aug. 2022 Their Lay Low Pale Ale is a modest 5.5% but packs a great deal of citrusy and tropical notes from its medley of hops. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 8 July 2022
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, Cincinnati.com, 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, star-telegram.com, 12 June 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Adjective

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of medley was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Medley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medley. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

medley

noun

med·​ley
ˈmed-lē
plural medleys
1
: mixture sense 2
especially : a confused mixture
2
: a musical composition made up of a series of songs or short musical pieces

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