noun, plural med·leys.

  1. a mixture, especially of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble.
  2. a piece of music combining tunes or passages from various sources: a medley of hit songs from Broadway shows.


  1. Archaic. mixed; mingled.


  1. a mixture of various types or elements
  2. a musical composition consisting of various tunes arranged as a continuous whole
  3. Also called: medley relay
    1. swimminga race in which a different stroke is used for each length
    2. athleticsa relay race in which each leg has a different distance
  4. an archaic word for melee


  1. of, being, or relating to a mixture or variety

n.c.1300, “hand-to-hand combat,” from Old French medlee, variant of meslee (see meddle). Meaning “combination, mixture” is from mid-15c.; that of “musical combination consisting of diverse parts” is from 1620s.

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