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



BrE BrE//ˈmeleɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪleɪ//
[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 towards the entrance. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French mêlée, from an Old French variant of meslee ‘melee’, based on medieval Latin misculare ‘to mix’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: melee