—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.
Pronunciation: (mot'lē),[key] —n. John Lo•throp Pronunciation: (lō'thrup),[key] 1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat.