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 Parasite's sweep of the Oscars on Sunday night for best original screenplay, international feature film, director and — finally, and most improbably — picture offered up a smorgasbord of joys. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Liberating Power of the 'Parasite' Oscar Win," 11 Feb. 2020 Imagine a buffet – nay, a smorgasbord – of the greatest culinary delights. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 best Oscar best-picture winners, ranked (yes, 'The Godfather')," 4 Feb. 2020 Back to that wintry weather... 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 2019?," 22 Nov. 2019 Walk into any major retailer and you are bound to find a smorgasbord of form-fitting, lung-grazing options, many with a fly that is longer than a standard school ruler. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "How High Can High-Waisted Pants Go?," 12 Nov. 2019 The longtime San Jacinto Intermediate coach is all set to begin his brainchild, the annual San Jacinto Invitational, his smorgasbord of junior high boys basketball teams from an assortment of districts now in its 15th edition. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "San Jacinto Invitational rides into town Friday for 15th annual event," 5 Dec. 2019 Thirty guests enjoy an impressive smorgasbord — lamb with a chardonnay mint sauce, a platter piled with elk burgers. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: Gabriel Wheaton’s classical, contemporary, opulent and wildly eclectic one-man band," 15 Nov. 2019 There are 40 vendors with a smorgasbord of wares to sell. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Snow, Santa expected during annual Spirit of Christmas celebration in Dayton," 2 Dec. 2019 Fake news provides voters with a smorgasbord of facts and lies from which to pick and choose. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of smorgasbord was in 1879

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“Smorgasbord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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