smor·​gas·​bord | \ ˈsmȯr-gəs-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce smorgasbord (audio) \

Definition of smorgasbord

1 : a luncheon or supper buffet offering a variety of foods and dishes (such as hors d'oeuvres, hot and cold meats, smoked and pickled fish, cheeses, salads, and relishes)
2 : an often large heterogeneous mixture : mélange

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Examples of smorgasbord in a Sentence

every day the director has to first deal with a smorgasbord of problems before he can begin filming
Recent Examples on the Web Grand Marais' postcard-like perch hard by the shores of Lake Superior, its smorgasbord of eateries and shops, and its emerging artsy vibe are among other attractions. Star Tribune, "Storied Gunflint Trail hints of change," 12 Feb. 2021 Since early Wednesday, the president’s lawyers have threatened or filed a flurry of legal actions — from Philadelphia to the Nevada desert — remarkable if only for the smorgasbord of claims. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Trump's new campaign: Flurry of election lawsuits in search of strategy," 7 Nov. 2020 Sunday's flight featured a smorgasbord of CubeSats, nanosats and other small spacecraft provided by multiple companies and institutions. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts record 143 satellites into orbit on "rideshare" mission," 25 Jan. 2021 The evening will be a smorgasbord of performances of all stripes by Jump-Start company members and friends, including Chayito Champion, Rodney Garza, Kristina Wong, Ruby Nelda Perez and Erik Bosse. Deborah Martin,, "Fire and farewell: Jump-Start’s 2021 Performance Party will end with tribute to S.T. Shimi and other lost friends, family," 5 Jan. 2021 This game absolutely refuses to be constrained by a single genre and offers players a veritable smorgasbord of game mechanics. M. J. Lewis, Wired, "The Swashbuckling Escapism of Sid Meier’s Pirates!," 22 Jan. 2021 Indulging in a smorgasbord of fresh entertainment will provide the greatest pleasure during your spare time. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 28, 2020: Pisces, tell a story; Capricorn, play a trendy new game," 28 Nov. 2020 A half-dozen women piled this week’s smorgasbord of treats into individual mounds on tables throughout the church parlor and briskly filled big white bag after bag with a selection of each. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Dallas bakers fire up their home ovens against COVID -- and offer a sweet lesson to the rest of us," 17 Nov. 2020 Winter offers an exciting smorgasbord of activities in the great outdoors—sledding, skiing, building snowmen. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "When Is the First Day of Winter in 2020?," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of smorgasbord

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for smorgasbord

Swedish smörgåsbord, from smörgås open sandwich + bord table

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“Smorgasbord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smorgasbord

: a meal with many different foods that are placed on a large table so that people can serve themselves
: a large mixture of many different things

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