Adjective "medley" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A varied mixture of people or things.
  1. 'The workshops vary and include a medley of things, most of which involve paper and what is called ‘mindful’ artistry.'
  2. 'The mincemeat pie filling - a medley of ground meats, fruits, and spices - is soaking in brandy and rum.'
  3. 'Or do you interpret it as more twisted and ironic, a bitter medley of weather criticism, tourist blurb, and the locals' proud assertions?'
  4. 'On every block, there are cheery decorations, a medley of red, green, and gold.'
  5. 'For main course I had calves liver, nice and pink, on haggis mash with caramelised shallots and boudin blanc with a beef jus, a splendid medley of complementary flavours.'
  6. 'You can grow them singly, pair a couple of compatible growers, or plant a medley of three or more comeback kids whose colors and textures complement one another.'
  7. 'Of the medley of vegetables that came with my meal, boiled plus golden-roast potatoes, cauliflower, carrots etc I was particularly taken with the thin strips of crispy, crunchy red cabbage.'
  8. 'The chapters describing Franklin's early years are a medley of fragments, rhetorical questions, associative jumps and exclamation marks.'
  9. 'Today, cruise ships feature gourmet cuisine and what seems to be a never-ending medley of meals, along with choices for leaner menus.'
  10. 'Compare and contrast with the usual medley of spin-doctors.'
  11. 'a medley of Beatles songs'
  12. 'They performed a medley of well known songs that got the crowd going.'
  13. 'The restaurant here still has a string quartet that can play a medley of songs written about the very room you're sitting in.'
  14. 'Julie Andrews was received with great warmth, 38 years after Mary Poppins, as she introduced a musical medley.'
  15. 'The mass choir thrilled the jam-packed crowd with a medley of folk songs and theatrical dramatizations.'
  16. 'Blessed with a Catholic upbringing, they were soon advertising their allegiance with a medley of songs from the Celtic repertoire.'
  17. 'There will be solos and medleys of war songs, a singalong, and sketches and monologues also familiar from the war years.'
  18. 'They stop halfway down for a military marching band playing a medley of all the songs you might predict they would play.'
  19. 'The final piece on the program was a medley of folk songs from Canada's various provinces, and went on a bit too long.'
  20. 'A group of recent local migrants led the crowd in a medley of songs in various languages.'
  21. 'This group of 20 singers have been together for five years and will perform a medley of Christmas songs and classical pieces.'
  22. as modifier 'the junior 4x50 m medley relay'
  23. 'The U.S. is looking to sweep all three relays and will be favored to take the 400 medley and free events over Australia.'
  24. 'Apparently, ever since a female umpire disqualified him from the individual medley at a swimming gala he'd found it difficult to deal with older women.'
  25. 'The individual medley provided the Games with the first ever swimming champion from Zimbabwe.'
  26. 'Rose won the 200m butterfly along with the 200m and 400m individual medleys, while finishing third in the 200m backstroke.'
  27. 'Then up came Tom Dolan, the reigning champ in the 400-meter individual medley, preparing to swim his heat.'
  28. 'She broke her own world record in the 200-meter individual medley three times.'
  29. 'There were individual medleys, as well as backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle events.'
  30. 'Last year Alexandra was a member of the special state squad for under 12s at the Homebush swimming individual medley.'
  31. 'But he was stunned when he won gold and then a bronze in the individual medley.'
  32. 'Joe Speakman dominated for first place in freestyle with Matthew Clinton fourth in backstroke and sixth in the individual medley.'


Mixed; motley.


    Make a medley of; intermix.


      1. a mixture, especially of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; jumble.

      2. a piece of music combining tunes or passages from various sources: a medley of hit songs from Broadway shows. adjective

      3. Archaic. mixed; mingled.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "relays can be medley."

      "teams can be medley."

      "events can be medley."

      "doubles can be medley."

      "titles can be medley."

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      Middle English (denoting hand-to-hand combat, also cloth made of variegated wool): from Old French medlee, variant of meslee ‘melee’, based on medieval Latin misculare ‘to mix’; compare with meddle.