Definition of medley noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmedli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmedli//
    Describing music, Producing music, Pieces of music, Swimming
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  1. 1a piece of music consisting of several songs or tunes played or sung one after the other a medley of Beatles hits See related entries: Describing music, Producing music, Pieces of music
  2. 2a mixture of people or things of different kinds a medley of flavours/smells The building was a medley of styles from different periods.
  3. 3a swimming race in which each member of a team uses a different stroke the 4 × 100 metres medley See related entries: Swimming
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting hand-to-hand combat, also cloth made of different coloured wool): from Old French medlee, variant of meslee ‘melee’, based on medieval Latin misculare ‘to mix’; compare with meddle.
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