medley

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English medle, from Anglo-Norman medlee, Old French medlee, from Late Latin misculata, feminine past participle of misculare (to mix). Compare meddle, also melee.

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Noun[edit]

medley (plural medleys)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Combat, fighting; a battle. [from 14thc.]
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.X, Ch.lxxj:
      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
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)
  2. A collection or mixture of miscellaneous things. [from 17thc.]
    a fruit medley
    • Addison
      this medley of philosophy and war
    • W. Walsh
      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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)

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Verb[edit]

medley (third-person singular simple present medleys, present participle medleying, simple past and past participle medleyed)

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

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English medley.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɛdli/, [ˈmɛd̥li]

Noun[edit]

medley n (singular definite medleyet, plural indefinite medleyer)

  1. medley (of songs; swimming event)
    Carola sang et medley af "Fame" og "Flashdance" ved koncerten.
    Carola sang a medley of "Fame" and "Flashdance" at the concert.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: med‧ley

Noun[edit]

medley m (plural medleys, diminutive medleytje n)

  1. several songs strung together.

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