smorgasbord

noun
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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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. latimes.com, "Cruise lines might be a little more lenient with their dress codes on first and last nights — here's why," 20 May 2018 Spoleto, which, of course, will feature opera, dance and other performances, runs concurrently with the ambitious and sprawling Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a smorgasbord of theater, dance, comedy and music. Steven Mcelroy, New York Times, "15 Summer Theater Festivals, From Stratford to Williamstown," 17 May 2018 Then dive into the smorgasbord of international flavors at the casual cafeteria-style dining section. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 Owls dine on a smorgasbord of voles, mice, and other rodents that can pester urban or suburban homeowners, as well as large insects that can wreak havoc on your garden. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "How To Attract Owls To Your Backyard," 14 Aug. 2015 From 2004 to 2016, scientists found seven new diseases that ticks can spread to humans, adding them to a smorgasbord of conditions. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 The Happ/Almora smorgasbord in center, which Maddon has had to defend for months, has been fascinating to watch play out. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "After scoring 46 runs in 4 games, theories abound for reasons behind Cubs' surging offense," 2 July 2018 The folks at DTLA’s Chicas Tacos are celebrating the Valle De Guadalupe region of Mexico with a one-day taco and booze smorgasbord. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 27 June 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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