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Meaning of motley

mot•ley

Pronunciation: (mot'lē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -leys.
—adj.
  1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd.
  2. being of different colors combined; parti-colored: a motley flower border.
  3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
—n.
  1. a combination of different colors.
  2. a parti-colored effect.
  3. the parti-colored garment of a jester.
  4. a heterogeneous assemblage.
  5. a medley.

Mot•ley

Pronunciation: (mot'lē), [key]
  1. 1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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