me·lee (mālā′, mā-lā) also mê·lée (mĕ-lā)
1. A confused struggle or fight at close quarters. See Synonyms at brawl.
2. A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd: the rush-hour melee.
[French mêlée, from Old French meslee, past participle of mesler, to mix; see MEDDLE.]
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