noun di·ver·si·ty \də-ˈvər-sə-tē, dī-\

: the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.

: the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization

plural di·ver·si·ties

Full Definition of DIVERSITY

:  the condition of having or being composed of differing elements :  variety; especially :  the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools>
:  an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities :  an instance of being diverse <a diversity of opinion>

Examples of DIVERSITY

  1. The island has more diversity in plant life than other islands nearby.
  2. The city is known for its cultural diversity.
  3. The school aims for diversity in its student population.
  4. Another factor in Burns' rise has been the strength and depth of Xerox's commitment to diversity. One-third of Xerox's 3,819 executives are women and 22% are minorities. —Nanette Byrnes et al., Business Week, 8 June 2009


(see diverse)
First Known Use: 14th century

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DIVERSITIES Defined for Kids


noun di·ver·si·ty \də-ˈvər-sə-tē, dī-\
plural di·ver·si·ties

Definition of DIVERSITY for Kids

:  the condition or fact of being different <The island has great diversity in its plant life.>


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