as·​sort·​ment | \ -ˈsȯrt-mənt How to pronounce assortment (audio) \

Definition of assortment

1a : the act of assorting
b : the state of being assorted
2 : a collection of assorted things or persons

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Examples of assortment in a Sentence

The book has a wonderful assortment of characters. You can choose from a wide assortment of options.

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The mother's side of the home was well maintained and the defendant's side was messy, with items stacked on top of his bed and an assortment of weapons — including two Samurai swords — lined up against a wall, according to the detective. City News Service,, "Man who stabbed his mother in Clairemont home convicted of murder," 11 June 2018 This is Olbermann’s sixth stint at ESPN and the time in between has been largely spent as a far-left political pundit on MSNBC and an assortment of other networks. Brian Flood, Fox News, "ESPN slammed for bringing back ‘conservative-bashing’ Keith Olbermann amid criticism of liberal bias," 25 May 2018 For the rest, Mr Orban can fall back on his familiar bogeymen: Mr Soros and an assortment of nefarious foreigners. The Economist, "Viktor Orban is set to continue his illiberal reign," 7 Apr. 2018 For the gear obsessive, assortment and options are basically unlimited. Michael Williams, GQ, "Inside the Elite World of Custom-Fit Golf Clubs," 5 Apr. 2018 Sure, many of the models on display are getting facelifts, and there are plenty of all-new vehicles and the usual assortment of concepts. NBC News, "What's new at this year's New York Auto Show," 3 Apr. 2018 That includes a supercharger, a nitrous-oxide tank, rear ducktail spoiler, and even an assortment of license plates. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "No Mustang in Your Driveway? Put One Made from Lego on Your Desk," 22 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, Sephora also has grown its private-label business, adding a mass-market offering to its luxury assortment that rivals Ulta’s products. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Ulta Has Cracked Beauty’s Secret," 21 Dec. 2018 For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of assortment

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of assortment

: a group or collection of different things or people


as·​sort·​ment | \ ə-ˈsȯrt-mənt How to pronounce assortment (audio) \

Kids Definition of assortment

1 : the act of sorting into groups
2 : a group or collection of various or different things or persons an assortment of snacks


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