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 (mā′lā′, mā-lā′) also mê·lée (mĕ-lā′)
1. A confused struggle or fight at close quarters. See Synonyms at brawl.
2. A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd: the rush-hour melee.

[French mêlée, from Old French meslee, past participle of mesler, to mix; see meddle.]


(ˈmɛleɪ) or


a noisy riotous fight or brawl
[C17: from French mêlée. See medley]


or mê•lée

(ˈmeɪ leɪ, meɪˈleɪ, ˈmɛl eɪ)

1. a confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people.
2. a state of tumultuous confusion.
[1640–50; < French mêlée. See medley]


 a lively contention or debate; a mixed fight between two parties; a skirmish.
Examples: mêlée of battle, 1871.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.melee - a noisy riotous fightmelee - a noisy riotous fight    
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion


noun fight, fray, brawl, skirmish, tussle, scuffle, free-for-all (informal), fracas, set-to (informal), rumpus, broil, affray (Law), shindig (informal), donnybrook, ruction (informal), battle royal, ruckus (informal), scrimmage, stramash (Scot.), shindy (informal), bagarre (French) Scores of people were injured in the melee.


also mêlée
A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior:
Informal: fracas.
Slang: rumble.


[ˈmeleɪ] N
1. (= confusion) → tumulto m
it got lost in the meléese perdió en el tumulto
there was such a melée at the booking officela gente se apiñaba delante de la taquilla
2. (= fight) → pelea f confusa, refriega f


n (= confused struggle)Gedränge nt, → Gewühl nt; (= fighting)Handgemenge nt


[ˈmɛleɪ] nconfusione f, mischia
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(145) Meredith Thringi ja Eric Laithwaite'i hinnangul peab leiutaja vastuvaidetest ning teiste leiutajate ebaedust hoolimata oma projekti vajalikkusse ja lopetamisse kindlalt uskuma, suutma valja lulitada enneaegselt toole hakkava kriitilise meele ning omama pusivust, mis ei luba ebaonnestumiste korral tood katkestada.
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