MELEES

melee

1 [mey-ley, mey-ley, mel-ey]
noun
1.
a confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people.
2.
confusion; turmoil; jumble: the melee of Christmas shopping.
Also, mêlée.


Origin:
1640–50; < French mêlée. See medley

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melee

2 [mey-ley, mey-ley]
noun
a group of diamonds, each weighing less than 0.25 carat.

Origin:
1910–15; origin uncertain

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melee or mêlée (ˈmɛleɪ)
 
n
a noisy riotous fight or brawl
 
[C17: from French mêlée. See medley]
 
mêlée or mêlée
 
n
 
[C17: from French mêlée. See medley]

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melee
1648, from Fr. mêlée, from O.Fr. meslee "confused fight, mixture," from fem. pp. of mesler "to mix, mingle" (see meddle). See also medley.
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