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Meaning of MEDLEY

Pronunciation:  'medlee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources

MEDLEY is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: pastiche, potpourri
 See Also: composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Med"ley\, n.; pl. {Medleys}. [OE. medlee, OF. mesl['e]e,
    medl['e]e, mell['e]e, F. m[^e]l['e]e. See {Meddle}, and cf.
    {Mel['E]e}, {Mellay}.]
    1. A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients,
       usually inharmonious; a jumble; a hodgepodge; -- often
       used contemptuously.
             This medley of philosophy and war.    --Addison.
             Love is a medley of endearments, jars, Suspicions,
             reconcilements, wars.                 --W. Walsh.
    2. The confusion of a hand to hand battle; a brisk, hand to
       hand engagement; a m[^e]l['e]e. [Obs.] --Holland.
    3. (Mus.) A composition of passages detached from several
       different compositions; a potpourri.
    Note: Medley is usually applied to vocal, potpourri to
          instrumental, compositions.
    4. A cloth of mixed colors. --Fuller.
  2. \Med"ley\, a.
    1. Mixed; of mixed material or color. [Obs.] ``A medl['e]
       coat.'' --Chaucer.
    2. Mingled; confused. --Dryden.
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