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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Though red beets are the most common variety, many other types don't contain betalains, the pigments responsible for their bright pink color, Matt Aita, executive chef at The Little Beet Table in New York City, tells SELF. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Yes, It Is Possible to Prep and Cook Beets Without Making a Huge Mess—Here's How," 27 Feb. 2019 While some, such as shrugging ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, have become widespread (Slack's /shrug surely having at least some of the blame there), there is in fact a rich variety of faces that are used. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 will make it easier to ¯∖_(ツ)_/¯ and (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻," 20 Dec. 2018 Technically speaking, hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Growing hemp is about to be legal for the first time in nearly a century," 30 Nov. 2018 There is also a variety of restaurants and cafes in the Time Warner Center building. Lauren Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "Frequently Asked Questions About Good Housekeeping Institute Tours," 4 Oct. 2018 Here are a variety of the best BB creams for any skin type, from drugstore to luxury. Allure, "The 11 Best BB Creams for Every Skin Type," 3 Oct. 2018 And then fourth and finally is variety of perspective. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 There also are a variety of stocking and sorting jobs at the retailers’ distribution and fulfillment sites. James F. Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Stores stock up early on seasonal workers," 24 July 2018 But the newfound emphasis on rich, high caloric-marrow draws attention to the variety of practices that contributed to today’s nimble fingers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?," 13 July 2018

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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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