variety

noun
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

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Examples of variety in a Sentence

I was surprised by the variety of the choices that were available. My life needs more variety.

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Summer and winter squash flowers are also insect pollinated and require isolation to maintain true varieties. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 That variety now also seems matched by the game's environments. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 And heirloom varieties like The Sheepnose and Gravenstein are becoming increasingly popular. Amy Thomas, courant.com, "All about apples: Nearly everything you never really knew," 17 Sep. 2019 On Sunday, the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best dramas, comedies, limited and variety series of the last year in television. Time, "Everything to Know About the 2019 Emmys," 17 Sep. 2019 Carpool Karaoke took home the Emmy for outstanding variety special (pre-recorded), edging out Homecoming and Springsteen on Broadway. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "'Springsteen On Broadway' Wins Outstanding Directing Creative Emmy, Narrowly Misses EGOT," 15 Sep. 2019 Use seed mixes suitable for Central Texas or single varieties of seeds that commonly bloom in the area. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 13 Sep. 2019 Garciá found that the local population didn’t take to the earlier varieties of peppers because the crop grew in unpredictable timetables, plus the taste was too spicy. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Hatch Chile Season Became the Pumpkin Spice of the Southwest," 13 Sep. 2019 Maladaptive coping strategies tend to come in two varieties: fight or flight. Wendy Rose Gould, NBC News, "7 things to say to your spouse to deepen your connection," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of variety was in the 15th century

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variety

noun

English Language Learners Definition of variety

: a number or collection of different things or people
: the quality or state of having or including many different things
: a particular kind of person or thing

variety

noun
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

variety

noun
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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