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

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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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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17 May 2022

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“Assortment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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