as·​sort·​ment | \-ˈsȯrt-mənt \

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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In an earlier interview with the Journal, Mr. Brett said his strategy was to expand J.Crew’s assortment with more entry-level prices, as well as plus sizes and more fit options. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "J. Crew Scraps Cheaper Brand, Putting Deal With Amazon in Doubt," 29 Nov. 2018 There's one item in this year's 80-product Fantasy Maker assortment that seems to buck the versatility trend, however. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild's Not Your Basic Witch Highlighter Is My $5 Secret for a Witchy Smoky Eye," 5 Oct. 2018 Along the way, there were little puzzles and Easter eggs for the audience to worry over on social media, a fine assortment of dramatic plot twists and some gorgeous visuals. Megan Mcardle,, "'Westworld' has all the ingredients for great television except the one that matters," 11 June 2018 There’s a fine by-the-glass assortment to choose from, as well as a comprehensive collection of bottles (the restaurant includes a retail wine shop). Tim Smith,, "Pairings Bistro in Bel Air delivers imaginative food and wine," 21 May 2018 He was backed up by a high-energy assortment of musicians and singers. Washington Post, "Shake, rattle & roll: Thousands gather for Jazz Fest Day 2," 29 Apr. 2018 This random assortment meant that nucleotides of different chirality were present on the molecule’s sugar backbone; Joyce found that the addition of further nucleotides was very inefficient. Luba Ostashevsky, Ars Technica, "How did life begin? It’s Chemistry 101, but in space," 26 Feb. 2018 That assortment of guests included fashion mainstays like Delevingne’s fellow catwalk queen Jourdan Dunn, and innovative minds like entrepreneur and filmmaker Jamal Edwards MBE, and actress and director Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Vogue, "Burberry Launches Its Latest Fragrance in London With Cara Delevingne," 11 Oct. 2018 Drink list includes rotating taps, a decent bottle assortment, a dozen whiskies, and three $7 draft cocktails: a Jim Beam old-fashioned, a Faber gin negroni, and an apricot-and-tequila lemonade spritzer. Michael Klein,, "Wander Inn comes strolling back in South Philly," 19 June 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 \

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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