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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Each August, a smorgasbord of high-level car-centric events occurs on the Monterey Peninsula. Susan Callaway, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the elite, detail-obsessed world of the people who judge the Oscars of classic cars," 29 Aug. 2019 Fall is a style smorgasbord—the perfect transitional weather to mix together your favorites from the warm and cold months. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "8 Preppy Essentials That Should Be On Your Fall Style Checklist," 5 Aug. 2019 DANCE Templeton, the rat from the animated children’s movie Charlotte’s Web, had the right idea -- a fair, err festival, is a veritable smorgasbord of food. Brittany Gaston, Billboard, "A Definitive Ranking of the Tomorrowland 2019 Food Options," 25 July 2019 Like any good newspaper, The Vindicator has been a healthy smorgasbord designed for public consumption across a wide audience. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "The watchdog of the Mahoning Valley is about to die: Phillip Morris," 3 July 2019 Thursday’s event, on the other hand, was a smorgasbord at an upscale restaurant. oregonlive.com, "Who won the second 2020 Democratic debate? Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg ... and policy wonks," 27 June 2019 And a smorgasbord of snacks: bananas, Pop Chips, pistachios, peanut M&Ms, gummy candy, almonds, energy bars in seven varieties, Chex Mix. Don’t worry about your breath. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "‘The Town Hall of Hollywood.’ Welcome to the Netflix Lobby.," 14 July 2019 The way Fiers does it is by mixing up a smorgasbord of pitches. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Takeaways from the A’s 5-1 victory over the White Sox," 13 July 2019 The fascination surrounding Keanu Reeves in recent weeks has reached a fever pitch with a smorgasbord of summer movies that rely on his talents. Time, "Why Keanu Reeves Has Always Been the Internet's Soul Mate," 19 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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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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