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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.]
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(ˈmɛleɪ) or


a noisy riotous fight or brawl
[C17: from French mêlée. See medley]
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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]
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 a lively contention or debate; a mixed fight between two parties; a skirmish.
Examples: mêlée of battle, 1871.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.melee - a noisy riotous fightmelee - a noisy riotous fight    
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
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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.
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also mêlée
A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior:
Informal: fracas.
Slang: rumble.
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[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
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n (= confused struggle)Gedränge nt, → Gewühl nt; (= fighting)Handgemenge nt
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[ˈmɛleɪ] nconfusione f, mischia
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