- 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.
- 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.
- a mixture of things not usually placed together; heterogeneous collection; hodgepodge
- a musical piece made up of tunes or passages from various works
- Archaic melee
Origin: Middle English medle from Old French medlee, a mixing from feminine past participle of medler: see meddle
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noun pl. med·leys
- 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: Middle English medlee, from Anglo-Norman medlee, meddling, from past participle of medler, to meddle; see meddle.