- Medley is defined as a race within a swim competition where the swimmer does four different styles of swimming in equal distances.
An example of a medley is the 2004 Summer Olympics event for which Michael Phelps won the gold metal in both the 200 and 400 meter individual events.
- The definition of a medley is a combination of things, or a number of songs or tunes combined to create one piece.
- An example of a medley is a fruit bowl with oranges, bananas, limes and kiwi fruit.
- An example of a medley is a song stringing together the choruses from Madonna's top ten hits.
- a mixture of things not usually placed together; heterogeneous collection; hodgepodge
- a musical piece made up of tunes or passages from various works
- medley race
- Archaic melee
Origin of medleyMiddle English medle from Old French medlee, a mixing from feminine past participle of medler: see meddle
- Archaic made up of heterogeneous parts
- of or having to do with a medley race
- An often jumbled assortment; a mixture: “That night he dreamed he was traveling in a foreign country, only it seemed to be a medley of all the countries he'd ever been to and even some he hadn't” ( Anne Tyler )
- Music An arrangement made from a series of melodies, often from various sources.
- Sports An event in competitive swimming in which backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle are swum in equal distances by an individual or as divisions of a relay race.
Origin of medleyMiddle English medle, medleye combat, battle, mixture from Anglo-Norman medlee meddling, combat, mixture from past participle of medler to mix, embroil, quarrel ; see meddle .
- (now rare, archaic) Combat, fighting; a battle. [from 14th c.]
- A collection or mixture of miscellaneous things. [from 17th c.]
- a fruit medley
- (music) A collection of related songs played or mixed together as a single piece. [from 17th c.]
- They played a medley of favorite folk songs as an encore.
- (swimming) A competitive swimming event that combines the four strokes of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. [from 20th c.]
- A cloth of mixed colours.
(third-person singular simple present medleys, present participle medleying, simple past and past participle medleyed)
- (music) To combine, to form a medley.