Melee meaning

mĕ-lā
A confused conflict or mixture.
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A noisy, confused fight or hand-to-hand struggle among a number of people.
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Hand-to-hand combat; mano a mano.
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A naval or armor battle at an abnormally close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams, using no ammunition.
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A noisy or heated fight, argument or scrap.
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(video games, slang) To physically hit, as opposed to shooting or blowing up.
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The definition of a melee refers to a skirmish or fight that takes place among a large group of people.

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.

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A confused struggle or fight at close quarters.
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A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd.

The rush-hour melee.

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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

  • Borrowed from French mêlée, from Old French meslee, feminine past participle of mesler (“to mix"), derived from Latin misceō (“mix").

    From Wiktionary