• (British) IPA: /ˈmɛdli/

medley (plural medleys)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Combat, fighting; a battle. [from 14thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter lxxj], in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      Thenne came the kyng of Irland and the kynge of the stryete marches to rescowe syre Tristram and sire Palomydes / There beganne a grete medle / & many knyghtes were smyten doune on bothe partyes / and alweyes sir launcelot spared sir Tristram / and he spared hym
  2. A collection or mixture of miscellaneous things. [from 17thc.]
    a fruit medley
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 6]:
      this medley of philosophy and war
    • Love is a medley of endearments, jars, / Suspicions, reconcilements, wars.
  3. (music) A collection of related songs played or mixed together as a single piece. [from 17thc.]
    They played a medley of favorite folk songs as an encore.
  4. (swimming) A competitive swimming event that combines the four strokes of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. [from 20th c.]
  5. A cloth of mixed colours.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: 4 nages
  • Italian: misto
  • Russian: ко́мплексное пла́вание

medley (medleys, present participle medleying; past and past participle medleyed)

  1. (music) To combine, to form a medley.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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