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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This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and while a bouquet of pink peonies is always an appropriate brunch offering, there’s nothing quite like surprising Mom with a luxurious assortment of home, fashion and beauty tokens. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "16 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas," 8 May 2019 Sweeten your valentine’s evening and expand their palate with a local chocolate assortment. Nia Martin, The Seattle Times, "Valentine’s Day gifts that celebrate your Seattle love," 4 Feb. 2019 Upstate New York locales like White River can be home to a remarkable assortment of social and political factions. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 The college football season doesn't begin until the end of August, but that never stops media outlets from putting out a wide assortment of rankings and lists to keep readers entertained during the summer. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Sports Illustrated named its top 100 college football players. These Canes made the cut," 22 June 2018 Most of the film takes place on a single day in 1962, with a generous assortment of flashbacks thrown in. Mick Lasalle, kansascity, "‘On Chesil Beach’ fumbles its story of repressed honeymooners," 7 June 2018 The world’s largest seller of licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics has focused on speed and distribution to offer leagues and teams a wider assortment of products at a faster pace. Eben Novy-williams,, "NFL Apparel Deal Assigns Jerseys to Nike, Fan Gear to Fanatics," 23 May 2018 His clubs are protected by a wild assortment of head-covers. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "It's in the hole! Bill Murray wins over the crowd at Colonial once again | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 Find a large assortment of trees, plants, flowers, garden art and furniture, planters, veggie starts, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets and more. Corey Sheldon,, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018

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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 mark by some ceremony or observation

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