What does medley mean?

Definitions for medley
ˈmɛd limed·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. medley, potpourri, pastichenoun

    a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources


  1. medleynoun

    Combat, fighting; a battle.

  2. medleynoun

    A collection or mixture of miscellaneous things.

    a fruit medley

  3. medleynoun

    A collection of related songs played or mixed together as a single piece.

    They played a medley of favorite folk songs as an encore.

  4. medleynoun

    A competitive swimming event that combines the four strokes of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.

  5. medleyverb

    To combine, to form a medley.

  6. Etymology: From medle, from medlee, medlee, from misculata, feminine past participle of misculare. Compare meddle, also melee.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Medleyadjective

    Mingled; confused.

    I’m strangely discompos’d;
    Qualms at my heart, convulsions in my nerves,
    Within my little world make medley war. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Medleynoun

    a mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients, usually inharmonious; a jumble; a hodgepodge; -- often used contemptuously

  2. Medleynoun

    the confusion of a hand to hand battle; a brisk, hand to hand engagement; a melee

  3. Medleynoun

    a composition of passages detached from several different compositions; a potpourri

  4. Medleynoun

    a cloth of mixed colors

  5. Medleyadjective

    mixed; of mixed material or color

  6. Medleyadjective

    mingled; confused

  7. Etymology: [OE. medlee, OF. mesle, medle, melle, F. mle. See Meddle, and cf. Mele, Mellay.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Medley

    med′li, n. 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: (obs.) a mêlée, fight. [O. Fr. medler, mesler, to mix.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Medley is ranked #2641 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Medley surname appeared 13,630 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Medley.

    70.3% or 9,587 total occurrences were White.
    24.3% or 3,312 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 318 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 300 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 61 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 50 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of medley in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of medley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of medley in a Sentence

  1. Dorothy Parker:

    Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, A medley of extemporanea; And love is thing that can never go wrong; And I am Marie of Romania.

  2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    Justice Scalia once described as the peak of his days on the bench an evening at the Opera Ball when he joined two Washington National Opera tenors at the piano for a medley of songs. He called it the famous Three Tenors performance, he was, indeed, a magnificent performer. It was my great good fortune to have known him as working colleague and treasured friend.

  3. Sammy Rono:

    We have a strong squad in the medley. One person's withdrawal cannot derail a team. Furthermore it's already too late to pick another athletes. We will do with Ferguson Rotich, Abednego Chesebe, Timothy Cheruiyot and Joseph Porghisio.

  4. Dorothy Parker:

    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.

  5. Janet Yellen:

    Nothing Medley Global Advisors reported in October ... could have been conveyed in June, and let me assure you that, in any case, I did not convey any confidential information.

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