melee

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See also: mêlée

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Borrowed from French mêlée, from Old French meslee, feminine past participle of mesler (to mix), derived from Latin misceō (mix).

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Noun[edit]

melee (plural melees)

  1. Hand-to-hand combat; mano a mano.
  2. A naval or armor battle at an abnormally close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams, using no ammunition.
  3. A noisy or heated fight, argument or scrap.
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, BBC:
      The ball did not appear to cross the line, a view supported by television replays as Blues captain John Terry also joined the melee, but referee Atkinson awarded the goal - to the obvious anger of Spurs and their management team.
  4. (military, historical) A cavalry exercise in which two groups of riders try to cut paper plumes off the helmets of their opponents, the contest continuing until no member of one group retains his plume.

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Verb[edit]

melee (third-person singular simple present melees, present participle meleeing, simple past and past participle meleed)

  1. (video games, slang) to physically hit, as opposed to shooting or blowing up.