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smorgasbord

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noun smor·gas·bord \ˈsmȯr-gəs-ˌbȯrd\

Simple Definition of smorgasbord

  • : a meal with many different foods that are placed on a large table so that people can serve themselves

  • : a large mixture of many different things

Full Definition of smorgasbord

  1. 1 :  a luncheon or supper buffet offering a variety of foods and dishes (as hors d'oeuvres, hot and cold meats, smoked and pickled fish, cheeses, salads, and relishes)

  2. 2 :  an often large heterogeneous mixture :  mélange

Examples of smorgasbord

  1. <every day the director has to first deal with a smorgasbord of problems before he can begin filming>



Origin of smorgasbord

Swedish smörgåsbord, from smörgås open sandwich + bord table


First Known Use: 1879


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