noun (plural medleys)
- 1A varied mixture of people or things: an interesting medley of flavoursMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 1.1A collection of songs or other musical items performed as a continuous piece: a medley of Beatles songsMore example sentences
- 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 relayMore example sentences
- 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• archaic Back to top
verb (past and past participle medleyed or medlied)[with object] • archaic Back to top
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.