What does the word melee mean?

Usage examples for melee

  1. Presently, one of the knights detached himself from the melee and rode to her side with some word of command, at the same time grasping roughly at her bridle rein. – The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  2. I lost her among a melee of horses, on the turn, as the leader swung into the stretch. – Blister Jones by John Taintor Foote
  3. Sneezing and coughing, they faced each other in the melee with looks of blank discouragement. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple