Definition of melee in English:


Line breaks: melee
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛleɪ


1A confused fight 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.
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, & Australiandonnybrook; West Indianbangarang
informal scrap, set-to, ruction, shindy, shindig, punch-up, dust-up
Scottish informal rammy
North American informal rough house
archaic broil, bagarre
1.1A confused crowd of people: the melee of people that were 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.


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

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