Part of speech: noun

A general hand- to- hand fight; an affray.

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Usage examples "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", Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  2. I lost her among a melee of horses, on the turn, as the leader swung into the stretch. - "Blister Jones", John Taintor Foote.
  3. Sneezing and coughing, they faced each other in the melee with looks of blank discouragement. - "Kenny", Leona Dalrymple.