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medley

[med-lee] /ˈmɛd li/
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
1300-1350
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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Examples for medley
  • medley seems to have a list of race- and science-related issues she wants to touch on in her play.
  • The researcher has been looking forward to trying a cicada-vegetable medley.
  • We also combine all three types in a medley with leeks, mint, and cream.
  • Set to a medley of excellent songs, this short video brilliantly illustrates how cells produce proteins.
  • He recommended replacing the current medley with a single diploma.
  • Even a simple woven bag was a medley of colors and fabrics.
  • Roasted beets and a crisp medley of raw vegetables make a beautiful composed salad.
  • The medley in the middle was a bit contrived and a few songs didn't fit well.
  • Hongkong has an interesting medley of trams, buses, underground rail and elevated walking routes.
  • There is only selfish, individual and greedy medley of people.
British Dictionary definitions for medley

medley

/ˈmɛdlɪ/
noun
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
  1. (swimming) a race in which a different stroke is used for each length
  2. (athletics) a relay race in which each leg has a different distance
4.
an archaic word for melee
adjective
5.
of, being, or relating to a mixture or variety
Word Origin
C14: from Old French medlee, from medler to mix, quarrel
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Word Origin and History for medley
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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