smor·​gas·​bord | \ ˈsmȯr-gəs-ˌbȯrd \

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

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As speculation continues as to the name of the baby boy, a whole smorgasbord of celebrity A-listers have hilariously reacted to the joyous news, including Elizabeth Banks, Christine Teigen, Loni Love, Sarah Silverman and J.K. Rowling. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "The Royal Baby Just Arrived and Celebrities Are Tweeting Their Hilarious Reactions," 23 Apr. 2018 A century ago, the city’s smorgasbord of options would have been less surprising. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018 Savannah, Georgia Come hungry to the Hostess City this month: the Food & Wine Festival, which commandeers the city for a week, is a smorgasbord of tastings from local and international chefs. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in November," 20 Sep. 2018 The wasteland ends up feeling empty and lonely, that lush world can quickly become a nightmare at the hands of other players, and a smorgasbord of technical issues hinders the entire experience. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 The event was one of the highlights of the annual ATX Television Festival, a smorgasbord of panels, screenings and parties that celebrates TV past, present and future. Yvonne Villarreal,, "ATX Television Festival: A playground for TV producers and TV fans," 14 June 2018 The mammoth building exhibits a smorgasbord of natural history and ethnography in a prime corner near Hyde Park. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 Karl Lagerfeld staged a smorgasbord of exotic fruits for his Pre-Fall 2012 Métiers d’Art show, while Tom Ford invited guests to see his Fall 2016 collection at New York’s most famous power-dinner spot, The Four Seasons. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s What Your Thanksgiving Feast Might Look Like on a Runway," 22 Nov. 2018 Strip patrons have a smorgasbord of playtime scenarios to spice up their lives., "Cruise lines might be a little more lenient with their dress codes on first and last nights — here's why," 20 May 2018

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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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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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