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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every day the director has to first deal with a smorgasbord of problems before he can begin filming
Recent Examples on the Web 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 What to eat: With a smorgasbord of toppings — Peanut butter! Grilled pineapple! Josie Sexton, The Know, "Colorado’s 13 most iconic, historic restaurants and what to order when you’re there," 23 Oct. 2019 The good folks at Grateful, part of the USA TODAY Network, have a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving recipes. Editors, USA TODAY, "Thanksgiving celebration, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, holiday shopping: 5 things to know Thursday," 28 Nov. 2019 Following the 1997 attack, the entire great white population—about a hundred animals—left the islands prematurely and skipped their annual seal smorgasbord, Anderson says. National Geographic, "Orcas eat great white sharks—new insights into rare behavior revealed," 16 July 2019 Whale falls are an exciting smorgasbord for ocean communities—and for ecological research. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Watch Marine Life Feast On a Complete Whale Skeleton On the Ocean Floor," 16 Oct. 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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7 Feb 2020

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“Smorgasbord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 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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