- 1A confused fight or scuffle: several people were hurt in the meleeMore example sentences
tumult, disturbance, rumpus, commotion, disorder; brawl, fracas, fight, affray, fray, scuffle, breach of the peace, struggle, skirmish, free-for-all, tussle, quarrel; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook; West Indian bangarangScottish • informal rammyNorth American • informal rough house
- 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.
- 1.1A confused crowd of people: the melee of people that were always thronging the streetsMore 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.
mid 17th century: from French mêlée, from an Old French variant of meslee (see medley).