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 Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, and with over 75 species, there's a variety for every gardener's taste. Janaya Wecker, House Beautiful, 12 May 2022 Little Blakely is on Enfamil’s Nutramigen formula — which is a hypoallergenic variety. Fox News, 9 May 2022 There may be a variety of ingenious engineering feats that can respond to this challenge. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 This year's jurors are a variety of award-winning producers, directors, actors and authors. April Wallace, Arkansas Online, 4 May 2022 So that was very important to us, small, medium, large and a variety of customers and to enable them to succeed, and do it in a strategic way. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 4 May 2022 Albillo is a grape variety with a range of aromas and flavors, but those aromas and flavors can be challenging to release from the grapes. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 1 May 2022 For people in the Portland area looking to start a job now without a college degree, there are a variety of industries to consider. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2022 There are a wide variety of colors and upholstered fabrics to choose from. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 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 22 May. 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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