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 rush-hour melee.
Origin of melee
- French mêlée from Old French meslee past participle of mesler to mix meddle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition