medley

[med-lee]
noun, plural medleys.
1.
a mixture, especially of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble.
2.
a piece of music combining tunes or passages from various sources: a medley of hit songs from Broadway shows.
adjective
3.
Archaic. mixed; mingled.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English medlee (noun and adj.) < Anglo-French, noun and adj. use of feminine of past participle of medler to mix, fight; see meddle

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medley (ˈmɛdlɪ)
 
n
1.  a mixture of various types or elements
2.  a musical composition consisting of various tunes arranged as a continuous whole
3.  Also called: medley relay
 a.  swimming a race in which a different stroke is used for each length
 b.  athletics a relay race in which each leg has a different distance
4.  an archaic word for melee
 
adj
5.  of, being, or relating to a mixture or variety
 
[C14: from Old French medlee, from medler to mix, quarrel]

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medley
c.1300, "hand-to-hand combat," from O.Fr. medlee, var. of meslee (see meddle). Meaning "combination, mixture" is from c.1440; that of "musical combination consisting of diverse parts" is from 1626.
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