- An example of a melee is a big group of people all crowded around and waiting in a disorganized line.
- An example of a melee is a skirmish that occurs when two people from a large crowd start punching each other.
The definition of a melee refers to a skirmish or fight that takes place among a large group of people.
- a noisy, confused fight or hand-to-hand struggle among a number of people
- a confused conflict or mixture
Also written mêlée
Origin of meleeFrench mêlée from Old French meslee: see medley
- A confused struggle or fight at close quarters. See Synonyms at brawl.
- A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd: the rush-hour melee.
Origin of meleeFrench mêlée from Old French meslee past participle of mesler to mix ; see meddle .
(third-person singular simple present melees, present participle meleeing, simple past and past participle meleed)
- (video games, slang) to physically hit, as opposed to shooting or blowing up.