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Definition 1: a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England - [noun denoting artifact]

(motley is a kind of ...) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

"the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent" "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC" "she measured off enough material for a dress"

(... is made of the substance motley) a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)

Definition 2: a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume) - [noun denoting artifact]

(motley is a kind of ...) an article of clothing

"garments of the finest silk"

(motley is made of the substance ...) a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England

Definition 3: a collection containing a variety of sorts of things - [noun denoting group]

Samples where motley or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a great assortment of cars was on display
  • he had a variety of disorders
  • a veritable smorgasbord of religions

Synonyms for motley in the sense of this definition

(motley is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

(... is a kind of motley ) an assortment of miscellaneous items

(... is a kind of motley ) a fearsome mixture

"a witches' brew of gangsters and terrorists" "mixing dope and alcohol creates a witches' brew"

(... is a kind of motley ) a variety of different things or activities

"he answered a range of questions" "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"

(... is a kind of motley ) an assortment of things from which a choice can be made

"the store carried a large selection of shoes"

(... is a kind of motley ) a motley assortment of things

(... is a kind of motley ) a confusing assortment

"Roosevelt created an alphabet soup of federal agencies"

(... is a kind of motley ) an assortment of various samples

"a candy sampler" "a sampler of French poets"

Definition 4: make motley; color with different colors - [verb of change]

Synonyms for motley in the sense of this definition

(motley is a kind of ...) add color to

"The child colored the drawings" "Fall colored the trees" "colorize black and white film"

Definition 5: make something more diverse and varied - [verb of change]

Samples where motley or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Vary the menu

Synonyms for motley in the sense of this definition

(motley is a kind of ...) make (more) diverse

"diversify a course of study"

(... is a kind of motley ) variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns

Definition 6: having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where motley or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a jester dressed in motley
  • the painted desert
  • a particolored dress
  • a piebald horse
  • pied daisies

Synonyms for motley in the sense of this definition

(motley is similar to ...) having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination

"colored crepe paper" "the film was in color" "amber-colored heads of grain"

Definition 7: consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where motley or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an arrangement of assorted spring flowers
  • assorted sizes
  • miscellaneous accessories
  • a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music
  • a motley crew
  • sundry sciences commonly known as social

Synonyms for motley in the sense of this definition

(motley is similar to ...) consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

"the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous"

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