Definition of melee noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

melee

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈmeɪleɪ//
 
, NAmE//meɪˈleɪ//
 
[singular](from French)
 
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a situation in which a crowd of people are rushing or pushing each other in a confused way Several people were hurt in the melee. I lost hold of her hand in the melee of people rushing toward the entrance.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: melee