medley

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

Definition of medley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like, Alexis Krauss and [guitarist] Nili Brosh and the drummer from Black Dahlia Murder shredding through a Nineties EDM medley? Richard Bienstock, Rolling Stone, "How ‘Two Minutes to Late Night’ Created the Web’s Wildest Quarantine Covers Series," 4 May 2021 The solution may eventually involve a medley of techniques. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Persuading the Body to Regenerate Its Limbs," 3 May 2021 Her father was an avid gardener and their backyard cultivated a colorful medley of fruit trees, vegetables, grapevines. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "How to make maqluba, a centuries-old dish, like this Palestinian family does in Phoenix," 26 Apr. 2021 The senior Coe often sang only snippets of songs, or a single medley, or walked off after only a few minutes. Geoff Edgers, Anchorage Daily News, "Tyler Mahan Coe created the ‘War and Peace’ of country music podcasts," 20 Apr. 2021 While the country star did not receive any nominations this year, her live performance — a gospel medley duet with CeCe Winans — was a highlight from the night. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Carrie Underwood’s Hair Deserved An ACM Award," 20 Apr. 2021 The senior Coe often sang only snippets of songs, or a single medley, or walked off after only a few minutes. Geoff Edgers, Anchorage Daily News, "Tyler Mahan Coe created the ‘War and Peace’ of country music podcasts," 20 Apr. 2021 The senior Coe often sang only snippets of songs, or a single medley, or walked off after only a few minutes. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Tyler Mahan Coe of the country music podcast “Cocaine and Rhinestones” in front of a card catalogue in the archives of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. (William DeShazer for The Washington Post)," 15 Apr. 2021 Peach, on the other hand, adds fine line-reducing vitamin A to the medley, while hibiscus has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties with toning effects, Lam-Phaure adds. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Herbivore's New Cloud Jelly Is Cottagecore in a Bottle," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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, "Strake Jesuit’s Culligan earns UIL state swimming call-up," 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, "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 3

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

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8 May 2021

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“Medley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medley. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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 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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