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med·ley

 (mĕd′lē)
n. pl. med·leys
1. An often jumbled assortment; a mixture: "That night he dreamed he was traveling in a foreign country, only it seemed to be a medley of all the countries he'd ever been to and even some he hadn't" (Anne Tyler).
2. Music An arrangement made from a series of melodies, often from various sources.
3. Sports An event in competitive swimming in which backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle are swum in equal distances by an individual or as divisions of a relay race.

[Middle English medle, medleye, combat, battle, mixture, from Anglo-Norman medlee, meddling, combat, mixture, from past participle of medler, to mix, embroil, quarrel; see meddle.]

medley

(ˈmɛdlɪ)
n
1. a mixture of various types or elements
2. (Music, other) a musical composition consisting of various tunes arranged as a continuous whole
3. (Athletics (Track & Field))
a. swimming a race in which a different stroke is used for each length
b. athletics a relay race in which each leg has a different distance
4. an archaic word for melee
adj
of, being, or relating to a mixture or variety
[C14: from Old French medlee, from medler to mix, quarrel]

med•ley

(ˈmɛd li)

n., pl. -leys,
adj. n.
1. a mixture, esp. of heterogeneous elements; jumble.
2. a piece of music combining passages from various sources.
adj.
3. mixed; mingled.
[1300–50; Middle English medlee < Anglo-French, n. and adj. use of feminine of past participle of medler to mix, fight]

Medley

 a mixture, jumble, hotchpotch; a mixed literary or musical composition.
Examples: medley of astrology and homely reciepts, 1897; of houses, 1885; of mirth with sadness, 1529; of music; of many nations, 1652; of philosophy and rhetoric, 1865; of sounds; of tunes; of voices; of sense and madness, 1755.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.medley - a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"

medley

medley

noun
Translations
أغنيَه مَزيج من أغنِيات مُخْتَلِفَه
směs
medleypotpourri
sekauintisekoitussikermä
vegyesúszás
lagasyrpa
popuri
popūrijs
potpuri

medley

[ˈmedlɪ] N (= mixture) → mezcla f; (= miscellany) → miscelánea f (Mus) → popurrí m

medley

[ˈmɛdli] n
[songs, tunes] → pot-pourri m; [shapes, colours, styles] → pot-pourri m
(SWIMMING)quatre-nages m

medley

nGemisch nt; (Mus) → Potpourri nt, → Medley nt

medley

[ˈmɛdlɪ] n (mixture) → miscuglio, accozzaglia (Mus) → pot-pourri m inv, selezione f

medley

(ˈmedli) noun
a piece of music put together from a number of other pieces. She sang a medley of old songs.
References in classic literature ?
The medley of sounds got on young Willard's nerves.
The resulting medley of sound distracted no one, save possibly alone the babies, of which there were present a number equal to the total possessed by all the guests invited.
Still, it may have its right and its excuse to exist, for the community is poor and not every citizen can afford a clock, perhaps; but there cannot be any excuse for our church-bells at home, for their is no family in America without a clock, and consequently there is no fair pretext for the usual Sunday medley of dreadful sounds that issues from our steeples.
Emma wondered on what, of all the medley, she would fix.
The bronze face, the shaggy black hair and beard, the coarse woollen red cap, the rough medley dress of home-spun stuff and hairy skins of beasts, the powerful frame attenuated by spare living, and the sullen and desperate compression of the lips in sleep, inspired the mender of roads with awe.
The canon was amazed to hear the medley of truth and fiction Don Quixote uttered, and to see how well acquainted he was with everything relating or belonging to the achievements of his knight-errantry; so he said in reply:
Strange to say, all these books were irregularly arranged, in whatever language they were written; and this medley proved that the Captain of the Nautilus must have read indiscriminately the books which he took up by chance.
On the same principle, even if a writer in his poetic imitation were to combine all metres, as Chaeremon did in his Centaur, which is a medley composed of metres of all kinds, we should bring him too under the general term poet.
All the pious ideas that had been so long forgotten, returned; he recollected the prayers his mother had taught him, and discovered a new meaning in every word; for in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words, until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven
He was transfixed by this terrific medley of all noises.
Also, on each landing there is a medley of boxes, chairs, and dilapidated wardrobes; while the windows have had most of their panes shattered, and everywhere stand washtubs filled with dirt, litter, eggshells, and fish-bladders.
Men talked of the cave as a secret receptacle of guilt; and, as the rumor of ores and metals found its way into the confused medley of conjectures, counterfeiting, and everything else that was wicked and dangerous to the peace of society, suggested themselves to the busy fancies of the populace.