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med·​ley ˈmed-lē How to pronounce medley (audio)
plural medleys
: a musical composition made up of a series of songs or short pieces
a medley of show tunes
: a diverse assortment or mixture
especially : hodgepodge
a medley of sounds
a medley of desserts
was arrested on a medley of charges
archaic : melee


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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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Word History


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural medleys
: mixture sense 2
especially : a confused mixture
: a musical composition made up of a series of songs or short musical pieces

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