variety

noun
va·​ri·​e·​ty | \ və-ˈrī-ə-tē \
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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People around the world honor the occasion in a variety of ways, and celebration traditions date back to prehistoric times. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Winter Solstice 2018: Who Celebrates the First Day of Winter?," 20 Dec. 2018 Wednesday’s report is the FSOC’s latest annual summary of a variety of potential threats facing the U.S. financial system. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Prolonged Economic Expansion Poses Market Risks, Panel Says," 19 Dec. 2018 Shop Our Favorite Credenzas Check out some of our favorite credenzas in a variety of styles and finishes. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How to Choose the Perfect Credenza," 19 Dec. 2018 Amazon today announced the launch of a new variety of its cashier-less Go store that’s much smaller than a standard one. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon just launched a mini version of its cashier-less Go store in Seattle," 12 Dec. 2018 The over-the-top gift is no surprise, as Kylie is quite the car aficionado and often posts photos with her rotating specialty cars in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Surprised Kris Jenner with a $250,000 Red Ferrari for Her Birthday," 30 Oct. 2018 Paravan’s sound-absorbing panels come in a variety of shapes and configurations, from semicircles to straight lines. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "A colorful new take on the cubicle," 22 Oct. 2018 Musk has engaged in a wide variety of un-CEO-like behaviors this year. Rani Molla, Recode, "Elon Musk’s summer of bad behavior hasn’t affected Tesla’s sales, but it has hurt its reputation," 10 Oct. 2018 But, alas, the Internet exists, and gossip abounds—particularly of the variety that isn't quite true. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Just Responded to a Rumor That She and Travis Scott Broke Up," 19 Aug. 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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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 \
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 \
plural varieties

Medical Definition of variety

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

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