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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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Smorgasbord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smorgasbord. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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smorgasbord

noun
How to pronounce smorgasbord (audio)

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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