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melee

Syllabification: me·lee
Pronunciation: /ˈmāˌlā
 
, māˈlā
 
/
(also mêlée)

Definition of melee in English:

noun

1A confused fight, skirmish, or scuffle: several people were hurt in the melee
More example sentences
  • My family and I have been woken in the early hours by football chants, fights and general melees on occasions too numerous to recall.
  • Amelia ducked and rolled to the side to avoid being impaled by Breanne's rapier, the fight now a melee.
  • He described two fights within the extended melee outside the nightclub.
Synonyms
1.1A confused mass of people: the melee of people that was always thronging the streets
More example sentences
  • Prague by day is a melee of tourists, heads cocked skyward, nodding in disbelief at yet another beautiful building.
  • With a melee of artists, dancers, musicians and bands, the crowds gathered to enjoy the sunshine and take part in the festivities.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French mêlée, from an Old French variant of meslee (see medley).

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