noun, plural med·leys.
- a mixture, especially of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble.
- a piece of music combining tunes or passages from various sources: a medley of hit songs from Broadway shows.
- Archaic. mixed; mingled.
- a mixture of various types or elements
- a musical composition consisting of various tunes arranged as a continuous whole
- Also called: medley relay
- swimminga race in which a different stroke is used for each length
- athleticsa relay race in which each leg has a different distance
- an archaic word for melee
- 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.