va·​ri·​e·​ty | \ və-ˈrī-ə-tē How to pronounce variety (audio) \
plural varieties

Definition of variety

1 : the quality or state of having different forms or types : multifariousness
2 : a number or collection of different things especially of a particular class : assortment
3a : something differing from others of the same general kind : sort
b : any of various groups of plants or animals ranking below a species : subspecies

Examples of variety in a Sentence

I was surprised by the variety of the choices that were available. My life needs more variety.
Recent Examples on the Web When the bridge goes up, a six-minute waterfront minuet begins during which Coleman has to calculate a variety of factors on the river, including the schedule for the Amtrak trains that use the nearby railroad bridge. Thomas Farragher,, 6 Aug. 2022 The National Association of Theatre Owners California-Nevada is awarding $427,500 in 2022 community grant funds designed to support a variety of arts and social service organizations, including 20 Feeding America food banks. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2022 The Wharf’s restaurants are known for a variety of cuisines — Mediterranean, Vietnamese, oysters — but what unites them is burgers. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 In his book, Bunch spoke to a variety of people, including college graduates who are struggling to manage six-figure loans and people who chose other alternatives to college. Haley Yamada, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 Exercise mats are available in a variety of sizing — from under three feet to over seven feet long. Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2022 Chain retailers like West Elm and Pottery Barn, e-tailers like Wayfair, and specialty vendors all carry a variety of outdoor kitchen systems, with prices ranging from $2,000 to more than $10,000 for a model with the range built in. Kaitlin Petersen, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2022 Awards of up to $2,500 will be given in a variety of categories, including the most pythons caught and the longest pythons nabbed. Mary Pflum, NBC News, 4 Aug. 2022 Plakon has received a variety of endorsements, including Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma, Florida House of Representatives speaker-designate Paul Renner and attorney general Ashley Moody. Abigail Hasebroock, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of variety

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for variety

borrowed from Middle French or Latin; Middle French varieté, borrowed from Latin varietāt-, varietās, from varius "having contrasting colors, various entry 1" + -etāt- -etās, variant of -itās -ity

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“Variety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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va·​ri·​ety | \ və-ˈrī-ə-tē How to pronounce variety (audio) \
plural varieties

Kids Definition of variety

1 : a collection of different things This store sells a variety of items.
2 : the quality or state of having different forms or types My diet lacks variety.
3 : something (as a plant or animal) that differs from others of the same general kind or of the group to which it belongs a variety of tulip
4 : entertainment made up of performances (as dances and songs) that follow one another and are not related


va·​ri·​e·​ty | \ və-ˈrī-ət-ē How to pronounce variety (audio) \
plural varieties

Medical Definition of variety

: any of various groups of plants or animals ranking below a species : subspecies

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