noun di·ver·si·ty \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē , dī- \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of diversity

plural diversities
1 : the condition of having or being composed of differing elements : variety; especially : the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization
  • programs intended to promote diversity in schools
2 : an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities : an instance of being diverse
  • a diversity of opinion

Examples of diversity in a Sentence

  1. Another factor in Burns' rise has been the strength and depth of Xerox's commitment to diversity. One-third of Xerox's 3,819 executives are women and 22% are minorities. —Nanette Byrnes et al.Business Week8 June 2009
  2. Jim, a lanky, bearded 35-year-old, knows a lot about heirloom fruits and vegetables. He works with the Southern Seed Legacy in Athens, Georgia, an organization devoted to preserving the seeds of heirloom plants in order to restore some of the genetic diversity that industrial agriculture has eroded over the years. —Gary Paul NabhanSaveurOctober 2009
  3. Even more eccentric is the treatment of the British Empire. Stretching over three centuries and six continents, you might have expected that its extent, duration, and diversity would have made it immune to facile interpretation. —David GilmourNew York Review2 Nov. 2006
  4. The media flood the nation's editorial markets with testimonies to the piebald character of the American democracy jumbled together from a wonderful diversity of colors, creeds, and cultural dispensations, which is a swell story, but in the United States Senate not one visible to the naked eye. —Lewis H. LaphamHarper'sMarch 2005
  5. The handsome creatures have hooked the interest of evolutionists and ecologists because of their dazzling diversity of shapes, behaviors, and feeding habits, which include nibbling the fins and scales of other fish. Science26 Nov. 2004
  6. The island has more diversity in plant life than other islands nearby.

  7. The city is known for its cultural diversity.

  8. The school aims for diversity in its student population.

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Origin and Etymology of diversity

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DIVERSITY Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of diversity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.

  • : the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization

DIVERSITY Defined for Kids


noun di·ver·si·ty \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē , dī- \

Definition of diversity for Students

plural diversities
: the condition or fact of being different
  • The island has great diversity in its plant life.

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noun di·ver·si·ty \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē, dī- \

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