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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).



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.



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.