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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If classic white pearls seem a little ho-hum, this summery pastel assortment might be more your speed. Megan Decker,, "All The Best-Selling Hair Clips At ASOS Are Under $20," 5 July 2019 The parade will feature the typical assortment of dignitaries, five high school bands, pageant queens and community groups. Pomerado News, "A golden celebration for Spirit of the Fourth," 26 June 2019 Not a good look The Tigers were dazzled by Chavez's assortment of cutters, change-ups and 90 mph fastballs. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers provide more of the same in return home, lose 5-3 to Rangers," 25 June 2019 Cruise past French colonial buildings and stately monuments; then launch into a frenetic market, where the calls of vendors, the smells of street food, and the fascinating assortment of wares dazzles the senses. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 Together with the bare white walls surrounding it, this creates a unique, residential setting to display Goop’s assortment of home and kitchen items. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Goop's New Nantucket Store Looks Like the Ideal Summer Home," 28 May 2019 Marysia’s ready-to-wear assortment continues to grow, and after being in business for 10 years, Dobrzanska Reeves felt the timing was right for a brick-and-mortar presence. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Marysia’s New Soho Store Tides Us Over Until Summer Arrives," 5 Apr. 2019 Designers who sift through Mr. Borsarello’s Americana assortment in search of inspiration for their next contemporary collections. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Women Crave ‘French Style,’ and Men Want International Style," 22 Jan. 2019 The entire assortment of drag queens serving as Lola’s entourage are smashing entertainers displaying bold moves., "‘Kinky Boots’ kicks up its musical heels at the Saenger," 15 June 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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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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