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me·lee(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.]
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]
Mêléea lively contention or debate; a mixed fight between two parties; a skirmish.
Examples: mêlée of battle, 1871.
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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.