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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Faith arrives in Deerlaken, hot on Gary’s heels, to take over the incumbent mayor’s campaign with a vengeance, invading this world of flannel and trucker’s caps in needle-sharp stilettos and an assortment of statement-sleeve tops. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Jon Stewart’s Irresistible Is a Political Comedy Heavy on Zingers But Light on Revelations," 24 June 2020 But in the future, the plan is to expand our product assortment and diversify our distribution channels including bringing our shopping experience to bricks and mortar. Rachel King, Fortune, "The founder of paint supply startup Clare on how to use your brand as a social platform," 19 June 2020 The San Antonio convenience store opened just before the pandemic reached Texas, and now the corner spot stocked with beer, snacks, and an international candy assortment allows only 11 people in a space built for 22. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "As Cities Reopen, Expect to Wait in Lots of Lines," 15 June 2020 The cave’s earliest residents left behind an assortment of bone tools, along with shell beads and the remains of ancient meals. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "South Asia now has the oldest evidence of bows and arrows outside Africa," 12 June 2020 Officers returned fire with an assortment of tear gas, pepper balls, rubber projectiles, acoustic devices and spotlights. Register-guard/statesman Journal, oregonlive, "Eugene, Salem police deploy tear gas, arrest protesters," 1 June 2020 In addition to Browns mask options for coronavirus protection, fans of every team, including the Cowboys, Patriots and Steelers, can show off their team spirit with an assortment of designs. Mike Rose, cleveland, "NFL face masks on sale for fans of all 32 teams, including Patriots, Cowboys, Browns, Chiefs," 15 June 2020 The Glasers also have an assortment of organizers made out of sturdy sailcloth that match up with bags and backpacks. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "For frequent travelers ready to get back on board, dialing in your luggage is key," 13 June 2020 More than 100 people from an assortment of community groups joined painting efforts led by the art and culture complex, as well as fellow arts groups Imprint City and the Bay Area Mural Program. Brett Simpson,, "‘Black Lives Matter’ on the road to San Francisco City Hall," 12 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Assortment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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