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Definition of "medley" []

  • An often jumbled assortment; a mixture: "That night he dreamed he was traveling in a foreign country, only it seemed to be a medley of all the countries he'd ever been to and even some he hadn't” ( Anne Tyler). (noun)
  • Music An arrangement made from a series of melodies, often from various sources. (noun)
  • Sports An event in competitive swimming in which backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle are swum in equal distances by an individual or as divisions of a relay race. (noun)
  • A mixture of various types or elements (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A musical composition consisting of various tunes arranged as a continuous whole (noun)
  • A race in which a different stroke is used for each length (noun)
  • A relay race in which each leg has a different distance (noun)
  • Of, being, or relating to a mixture or variety (adjective)

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Use "medley" in a sentence
  • "Beck did this so often that comedian Lewis Black strung them together on The Daily Show in what he called a medley of Beck's "Hitler Tourette's Syndrome.""
  • "The Daily Show in what he called a medley of Beck's "Hitler Tourette's Syndrome.""
  • "Beyoncé's medley is shaping up as a monster production number."