smorgasbord

noun
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

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Instead Hinduism offers a smorgasbord of options to the worshiper: of divinities to adore and to pray to, of rituals to observe, of customs and practices to honor, of fasts to keep. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 In the makeup department, a smorgasbord of candy-color lipsticks are cut into bite-size pieces and separated into their own sanitary cubes so no guest has to share twist-up tubes. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chanel’s New Beauty Atelier Is Made for Experimentation (and Perfect Instagrams)," 25 Jan. 2019 Then, a vast smorgasbord of layered jackets and coats, iterating a range of ’80s vibes: hints of a boy’s view of dad’s Armani-gray officewear, granddad’s country tweeds, and classic throwback rock-idol leather jackets and leopard-spot drape coats. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 That’s a different approach from Creative, which offers a smorgasbord of different options to process, say, bad MP3s to improve their audio, as well as a wealth of technology to enhance positional audio in games. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "EVGA gets into sound cards with Nu Audio, a high-end board that delivers 'lifelike' gaming," 8 Jan. 2019 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

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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

noun

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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