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medley

noun med·ley \ ˈmed-lē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of medley

plural medleys
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

Examples of medley in a Sentence

  1. a medley of show tunes

  2. a medley of snack foods available on the buffet table

Recent Examples of medley from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of medley

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

adjective

Definition of medley

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Origin and Etymology of medley


MEDLEY Defined for English Language Learners

medley

noun

Definition of medley for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

medley

noun med·ley \ ˈmed-lē \

Definition of medley for Students

plural medleys
1 : mixture 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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