Definition of medley in English:

medley

Line breaks: med¦ley
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛdli
 
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noun (plural medleys)

  • 1A varied mixture of people or things: an interesting medley of flavours
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    • For main course I had calves liver, nice and pink, on haggis mash with caramelised shallots and boudin blanc with a beef jus, a splendid medley of complementary flavours.
    • His hot climate allows peaches with a low chill requirement to develop a medley of complex flavors.
    • Thick, juicy cod fillets are steamed over water that is intensely flavoured with a medley of spices, fresh herbs and aromatics.
    Synonyms
    assortment, miscellany, mixture, melange, blend, variety, mixed bag, mix, diversity, collection, selection, assemblage, combination, motley collection, pot-pourri, conglomeration, jumble, mess, confusion, mishmash, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pastiche, patchwork, farrago, hash
    informal scissors-and-paste job, mash-up
  • 1.1A collection of songs or other musical items performed as a continuous piece: a medley of Beatles songs
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    • This group of 20 singers have been together for five years and will perform a medley of Christmas songs and classical pieces.
    • They performed a medley of well known songs that got the crowd going.
    • The final piece on the program was a medley of folk songs from Canada's various provinces, and went on a bit too long.
  • 1.2A swimming race in which contestants swim sections in different strokes, either individually or in relay teams: the 400 m individual medley [as modifier]: the junior 4x50 m medley relay
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    • I used to swim medleys at national age groups but I concentrated more on freestyle as I got older.
    • Apparently, ever since a female umpire disqualified him from the individual medley at a swimming gala he'd found it difficult to deal with older women.
    • The individual medley provided the Games with the first ever swimming champion from Zimbabwe.

adjective

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  • Mixed; motley: a medley range of vague and variable impressions

verb (past and past participle medleyed or medlied)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • Make a medley of; intermix: (as adjective medleyed or medlied) the medlied establishments of the native chiefs

Origin

Middle English (denoting hand-to-hand combat, also cloth made of variegated wool): from Old French medlee, variant of meslee 'melee', based on medieval Latin misculare 'to mix'; compare with meddle.

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