from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Confused, hand-to-hand fighting in a pitched battle.
- n. A violent free-for-all. See Synonyms at brawl.
- n. A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd: the rush-hour melee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Hand-to-hand combat; mano a mano.
- n. A naval or armor battle at an abnormally close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams, using no ammunition.
- n. A noisy or heated fight, argument or scrap
- v. to physically hit, as opposed to shooting or blowing up.
French mêlée, from Old French meslee, past participle of mesler, to mix; see meddle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French mêlée, from Old French meslee, feminine past participle of mesler ("to mix"), derived from Latin misceō ("mix"). (Wiktionary)