- 1A confused fight, skirmish, or scuffle: several people were hurt in the meleeMore 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.
- 1.1A confused mass of people: the melee of people that was 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).