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
Recent Examples on the Web Set up a smorgasbord of s'mores ingredients, including gooey marshmallows and rich chocolate, then take turns roasting marshmallows around the fire. Megan Marples, CNN, "How to celebrate a fun Fourth of July at home," 3 July 2020 As cases and hospitalizations rise, parents have been forced to navigate a confusing smorgasbord of restrictions and recommendations that vary depending on which entity is organizing a particular league or event — sometimes even in the same town. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "In COVID-19 hot spots like Florida and Texas, youth sports have patchwork response to rising cases," 30 June 2020 The site-wide event starts today with breaking deals on a smorgasbord of favorite fashion brands. Emily Ruane,, "We Combed Amazon’s Big Style Sale For The Best Fashion Deals," 23 June 2020 The comments on the various posts offer a smorgasbord of explanations. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Conspiracy claims linking COVID-19 reports with the number 322 are nonsense," 17 June 2020 Why, right here on this page, a veritable journalistic smorgasbord. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Do we dare dream about travel?," 16 Apr. 2020 But in an anniversary livestream tonight, the company confirmed a veritable smorgasbord of new gaming and entertainment projects for the first time, all set in the same League of Legends universe. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "After a decade of League of Legends, Riot to expand with new games," 16 Oct. 2019 This year’s edition of the annual Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic takes over the Bears’ home field once again for a smorgasbord of bacon dishes and beer options. Adam Lukach,, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Chicago Marathon spectating, Bacon and Beer Classic, big-screen horror classics and beer festivals," 11 Oct. 2019 This was foreshadowing for the international smorgasbord of lunch options ahead of me. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Iroquois is an international smorgasbord of community," 6 June 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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“Smorgasbord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 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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