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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There are three people attached to NBC’s live musical who are at the doorstep of joining the EGOT club — the exclusive and somewhat random assortment of people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 Early on the evening of July 16, Yurovsky distributed the assortment of handguns to be used. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days," 1 July 2018 The assortment ranged from floppy hats to extra-wide-brim fedoras to pom-pom berets and even one of Jacquemus’s XL straw sun hats. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 8 Street-Style Trends We Saw Outside the Spring 2019 Menswear Shows in Europe," 28 June 2018 The assortment will include top brands from Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. and plenty of Santa suits and stockings for Christmas., "FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana," 26 June 2018 The assortment will include top brands from Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. and plenty of Santa suits and stockings for Christmas. Bloomberg,, "Toys R Us ex-CEO is trying to reboot the company, sources say," 25 June 2018 At least four warehouses tower over the assortment of ranch and Craftsman-style homes. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Warehouse collapse scares neighbors in the bourbon industry's shadow," 24 June 2018 The magical journey of a 10-year-old girl includes an assortment of spirits, a witch, a magic dumpling and a sense of fear and discovery. Peter Hartlaub,, "Animated classic ‘Spirited Away’ comes to Balboa Theatre," 12 July 2018 The group will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Orchestra Hall, part of a fest lineup hitting an assortment of Midtown venues and outdoor stages. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Transglobal Underground's electro-worldbeat to brighten Concert of Colors," 12 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 \

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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one that holds something together

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