melee


melee

noun

  1. a confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people.
  2. confusion; turmoil; jumble: the melee of Christmas shopping.

noun

  1. a group of diamonds, each weighing less than 0.25 carat.

noun

  1. a noisy riotous fight or brawl

n.1640s, from French mêlée, from Old French meslee “brawl, confused fight; mixture, blend” (12c.), noun use of fem. past participle of mesler “to mix, mingle” (see meddle). See also medley. Borrowed in Middle English as melle but lost and then reborrowed 17c.

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