medley

If you can't decide which of three songs to play, why not play a medley? A medley is one piece of music, made up of passages from other songs.

Medley comes from the Old French word medlee which meant — eek! — hand-to-hand combat. There are times, like when watching the Academy Awards, that a really long medley accompanied by, say, mimes, might make you want to engage in battle, but a better way to remember this word is that it is related to the word, meddle, which means to get mixed up in someone's business.

Definitions of medley
  1. noun
    a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
    synonyms: pastiche, potpourri
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    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  2. noun
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
    synonyms: assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
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    grab bag
    an assortment of miscellaneous items
    witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth
    a fearsome mixture
    range
    a variety of different things or activities
    selection
    an assortment of things from which a choice can be made
    farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
    a motley assortment of things
    alphabet soup
    a confusing assortment
    sampler
    an assortment of various samples
    band
    a range of frequencies between two limits
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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