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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Briny, wonderful Chincoteague oysters were plated on ice with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink assortment of condiments, including a novelty bottle of Tabasco sauce. Christina Tkacik,, "Inconsistent food and service make for a frustrating dining experience at Inner Harbor’s Blackwall Hitch," 15 Aug. 2019 Drinks: Wine, one type of beer and an assortment of Georgian soft drinks and berry juice. Soleil Ho,, "The Bay Area’s first Georgian restaurant shines with cheese pulls and chokhas," 15 Aug. 2019 Rooftop brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends during the summer, and an assortment of beverages served from the rooftop can be enjoyed year-round. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Looking for a unique getaway? Go boutique at one of these new and not-so-far-away hotels," 10 Aug. 2019 Doug Katz of fire food and drink has opened chutney b., with Middle Eastern flavors and an assortment of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Bon Appetit! Marc Bona,, "Pizza, steaks and doughnuts make our WTAM food-drinks chat," 7 Aug. 2019 Instead of the usual assortment of safe dishes (there always seems to be a chicken breast, salmon and steak dish on every hotel restaurant menu), chef Larry Feldmeier created a menu that takes actual risks. Nick Kindelsperger,, "10 places to find a great meal along the overpriced dining wasteland of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile," 22 July 2019 Even someone who has never seen P. bipinnatifidum but knows the significance of its taxonomy might pick it out of an assortment of other plants because its name is so rooted in its appearance and habits. Quanta Magazine, "DNA Analysis Reveals a Genus of Plants Hiding in Plain Sight," 4 Sep. 2018 This Oakland boutique opened by fashion expert Sherri McMullen — her resume includes styling Michelle Obama — features an assortment of ceramics, baskets, home decor items and things that smell wonderful. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "13 design stores: Bay Area interior designers’ favorite places to shop," 27 July 2019 Both of these films influenced what would take place in the coming year, when I was admitted to the University of Vermont, where as part of a film group I was shown an assortment of films. Isaac Feldberg,, "Once Upon . . . Robert Richardson’s career," 25 July 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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