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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 of medley
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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  • In spite of the medley of intrigue and carnage, there is introduced, after Senecan fashion, much philosophizing and introspection.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • He left the Polish philosopher on the threshold, agitated by a medley of feelings.

  • All around was a medley of little fires, with men squatted beside them.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • In this medley the sense of the present tended to disappear.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • An alloy is a mixture or medley, anything allowed is according to law, and hallow is the same word as holy.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
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
n.

c.1300, "hand-to-hand combat," from Old French medlee, variant of meslee (see meddle). Meaning "combination, mixture" is from mid-15c.; that of "musical combination consisting of diverse parts" is from 1620s.

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