medley

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n medley a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Medley A cloth of mixed colors.
    • Medley (Mus) A composition of passages detached from several different compositions; a potpourri.
    • Medley A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients, usually inharmonious; a jumble; a hodgepodge; -- often used contemptuously. "This medley of philosophy and war.""Love is a medley of endearments, jars,
      Suspicions, reconcilements, wars."
    • Medley Mingled; confused.
    • Medley Mixed; of mixed material or color. "A medlé coat ."
    • Medley The confusion of a hand to hand battle; a brisk, hand to hand engagement; a mêlée.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n medley A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of elements, ingredients, or parts; a jumble; a hodgepodge.
    • n medley A musical composition, song, or entertainment consisting of incongruous or disjointed scraps or parts selected from different sources; a mélange or potpourri.
    • n medley A fabric woven from yarn spun from wool which has been dyed of various colors.
    • n medley A hand-to-hand fight; a melley or mêlée.
    • n medley Synonyms Miscellany, Jumble, etc. See mixture.
    • medley Mingled; confused.
    • medley Mixed; of a mixed stuff or color.
    • medley To mix.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Medley med′li a mingled and confused mass: a miscellany: a song or piece of music made up of bits from various sources continuously: a cloth woven from yarn of different colours:
    • n Medley med′li (obs.) a mêlée, fight.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. medlee, OF. meslée, medlée, mellée, F. mêlée,. See Meddle, and cf. MelÉe Mellay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. medler, mesler, to mix.

Usage

In literature:

Amongst an uncommonly ugly medley, I spied the second clerk, about one hundred and fifty feet above my own level.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
Ranged upon the shelves was a strange medley of merchandise.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
He heard Mrs. Medley's footsteps pass along the hall and pause at the door.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
What a medley of impossible and infamous hypotheses!
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
In three hours the medley of carnage and treason was over.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
For an hour this mad medley poured through the streets of Merchester.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
We were too busy cheering our own orator and listening to the enemy's to take in the full humour of the medley at the time.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
And a very pretty scrimmage it was, if one might judge from the tremendous medley of sounds that reached us from that direction.
"A Middy of the Slave Squadron" by Harry Collingwood
Of course Von Bloom and his people did not sit up all night to listen to this medley of noises.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Above, in the reception-rooms, there was the same strange and gorgeous medley.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
What a strange medley of names!
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
The room seemed narrow and stifling; the medley of sound from the adjoining offices and from the street was distracting.
"At the Time Appointed" by A. Maynard Barbour
Having tuned up after a fashion, the orchestra began to file away at some sort of a medley.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
It was a great medley; baggage wagons, pontoons, ambulances, artillery and troops, all thrown together in splendid confusion.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Strange medley of costumes and languages among the grand colonnades.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
Altogether, a singular medley, and quite unlike any European market.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
In the streets below, the traffic raised an ear-splitting medley of sound which nobody heard.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
They are quaint volumes, the older treatises on husbandry, and for the most part they contain an extraordinary medley of information.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Surely never was such a medley known!
"Oxford" by Frederick Douglas How
The doors of all the rooms opened easily enough, and inside he found the strangest medley.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
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In poetry:

And what a medley thing it is!
I never saw a nest like this, --
Not neatly wove with decent care,
Of silvery moss and shining hair;
"The Sparrow's Nest" by Mary Botham Howitt
After them, tumultuous rushing,
Mob, and medley, crowd, and crushing;
And the hungry file of priests,
Loosely zoned for larger feasts.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.
"Comment" by Dorothy Parker
It is even seen, time's something server,
In mankind's medley a duty-swerver,
At downright 'No or yes?'
Doffs all, drives full for righteousness.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Mitre, and coronet, and Crown,
Gaze into space that heeds them not,
Unmeaning pomp of dead renown,
Medley of Monarchs long forgot,
Who from the nations' ghastly strife
Won immortality—for life.
"Mozart’s Grave" by Alfred Austin
"Black swarming in medley miscreate,
In masses lumped hideously,
Wallowed the conger, the thorny skate,
The lobster's grisly deformity;
And bared its teeth with cruel sheen a
Terrible shark, the sea's hyena.
"The Diver" by George MacDonald

In news:

Nancy Irene Little Medley , 63, of Metropolis, died Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Landscaping project to begin for Nature's Medley at Veterans Park.
Southwestern Medley Relay Sets Record.
Texas Two-Step Corn Medley .
Watch Jimmy Fallon's Awesome Theme Song Medley .
Jimmy Fallon's Medley Of Old School Tv Theme Songs VIDEO.
He was mar­ried to Celeste (Hill) Med­ley and God blessed this union with three children.
Community Voices Producer Kristen Wicker takes us behind the scenes at The Signature – a poetic medley show, now in it's fifth season.
Monday's Best Bet: Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley in concert.
View full size AP, 2011 Bill Medley .
Clifford was born November 27, 1926 in Saint Louis, Missouri the son of Mathew Medley and Mabel Bell Medley .
Medley , 75, of Kentland, passed away unexpectedly at 6:30 pm Thursday, August 16, 2012, in Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Illinois.
Women set world record to win medley relay.
LONDON (AP) — The United States set a world record to win the women's medley relay at the London Olympics on Saturday.
Rebecca Soni, US women's medley relay team, win gold in world record time.
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