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[n] a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources

Synonyms

pastiche, potpourri

Misc. Definitions

\Med"ley\, n.; pl. {Medleys}. [OE. medlee, OF. mesl['e]e, medl['e]e, mell['e]e, F. m[^e]l['e]e. See {Meddle}, and cf. {Mel['E]e}, {Mellay}.]
1. A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients, usually inharmonious; a jumble; a hodgepodge; -- often used contemptuously. This medley of philosophy and war. --Addison. Love is a medley of endearments, jars, Suspicions, reconcilements, wars. --W. Walsh.
2. The confusion of a hand to hand battle; a brisk, hand to hand engagement; a m[^e]l['e]e. [Obs.] --Holland.
3. (Mus.) A composition of passages detached from several different compositions; a potpourri. Note: Medley is usually applied to vocal, potpourri to instrumental, compositions.
4. A cloth of mixed colors. --Fuller.
\Med"ley\, a.
1. Mixed; of mixed material or color. [Obs.] ``A medl['e] coat.'' --Chaucer.
2. Mingled; confused. --Dryden.

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