medley

noun
med·​ley | \ ˈmed-lē How to pronounce medley (audio) \
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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Kidman's divine performance notwithstanding, this reviewer was ready for Satine to croak by the 15-minute mark of Luhrmann's exhausting film, which throws you into a melee of cacophonous medleys and flashy quick cuts that never let up. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Review: Lady Gaga, Adele bring Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge!' musical to soaring new heights," 10 June 2019 Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, Bert, and Ernie from Sesame Street will also perform a musical medley of patriotic classics to get kids involved in the holiday fun. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 'A Capitol Fourth' Concert Includes Some of America's Best Performers," 3 July 2019 The fritto-misto salad—a fried medley of shrimp, clams, and calamari—owes its success as much to the seafood as to the unabashedly bold notes of garlic and cayenne in the rémoulade dressing. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Jean-Georges’s Revisionist Tweaks at the Fulton," 19 July 2019 Elsewhere, shoppers find a medley of newer merchandise such as handcrafted clothing, jewelry and toys. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "Bay Area summer collectibles events from Moss Landing to Niles," 4 July 2019 The menu includes dishes with cute names like Frybo’s fries, pop-culture popcorn, Chocobo chicken fingers, and Veridian Forest vegetable medley. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019 Fred Meyer recalled its frozen blackberries and a berry medley in an announcement Friday due to a possible hepatitis A contamination. oregonlive.com, "Fred Meyer recalls frozen berries due to hepatitis A risk," 8 June 2019 Conti and Pinori take us back in time instead, enlivening a medley of former lives that brighten not only their own souls, but also the spirits of those around them. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "See where Leonardo da Vinci still walks the streets," 6 June 2019 The McCartysville Volunteer Band will play a medley of patriotic songs. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Saratoga community briefs for the week of June 21," 21 June 2019

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 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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