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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 ?
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.
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Adam saw a medley of green and red lights blaze in a whirling circle, and as it sank down into the well, a pair of blazing green eyes became fixed, sank lower and lower with frightful rapidity, and disappeared, throwing upward the green light which grew more and more vivid every moment.
Here, after considerable search, and sympathetic questions as to what he wanted it for, and whether ordinary flour paste wouldn't do as well if she couldn't find it, the widow Homan finally hunted down her solitary bottle of glue to its hiding-place in a medley of cough-lozenges and corset-laces.
While Coglan was describing to me the topography along the Siberian Railway the orchestra glided into a medley.
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:
He was transfixed by this terrific medley of all noises.
It is true that you are a nation of fused races--a strange medley of people, but still you are a nation.
Almost the whole of the opening of the place was taken up by what seemed to be a queer medley of telescopes and lenses pointing different ways.
The medley of sounds got on young Willard's nerves.