as·​sort·​ment | \ ə-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.
Recent Examples on the Web The healthy snack delivery service will ship a monthly assortment of tasty snacks made with only clean ingredients (gluten-free and vegan-friendly options available, too!) directly to your home. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 7 Snack Delivery Services Will Ship Treats Right to Your Door," 20 May 2020 At Chefs’ Warehouse, meat boxes, with assortments including the $100 Butchers Choice Box—stocked with USDA choice sirloin steak, New York strip, and rib-eye—represent 90% of sales, according to Pappas. Kate Krader,, "Home Cooks Are Grabbing Discount Wagyu, Uni, and Caviar," 8 May 2020 Along with fronts, the brand’s online pop-up, Hardware by Kokeena, sells a curated assortment of metal knobs and pulls to complement its custom offerings. House Beautiful, "The Best Custom Fronts for Ikea Cabinets," 8 May 2020 This assortment of twelve plants from South and Central America ranges from long, slender grass-like plants to more spiky and colorful types. Popular Science, "Supplies for creating your own terrarium," 27 Apr. 2020 Buy now: $52, Salami assortment The first rule in Italian cooking: Upgrade your ingredients. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Recreate Italy in Your Kitchen," 22 Apr. 2020 Each box includes a unique assortment of goodies that can be customized for dietary restrictions. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "This Snack Box Supports Small Businesses and Sparks Joy," 13 Apr. 2020 Halls of Fame The virtual tour of the museum vault is led by the Petersen's collection manager, Dana Williamson, and features a mind-boggling assortment of race cars, movie cars, and vehicles of cultural significance. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Petersen Automotive Museum’s Virtual Tour Drives Boredom Away," 25 Mar. 2020 As online sellers such as Amazon continue to compete on convenience and assortment, brick-and-mortar stores are leveraging their physical footprint to lure in shoppers with Instagrammable displays and events. NBC News, "Shorter shopping season could mean a win for brick-and-mortar toy stores this year," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of assortment

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of assortment was in 1611

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Assortment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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