variety

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noun va·ri·e·ty \və-ˈrī-ə-tē\

Definition of variety

plural

varieties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of having different forms or types :  multifariousness

  2. 2 :  a number or collection of different things especially of a particular class :  assortment

  3. 3a :  something differing from others of the same general kind :  sortb :  any of various groups of plants or animals ranking below a species :  subspecies

  4. 4 :  variety show

Examples of variety in a sentence

  1. I was surprised by the variety of the choices that were available.

  2. My life needs more variety.

Origin and Etymology of variety

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


First Known Use: 15th century



VARIETY Defined for English Language Learners

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noun va·ri·e·ty \və-ˈrī-ə-tē\

Definition of variety for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun va·ri·ety \və-ˈrī-ə-tē\

Definition of variety for Students

plural

varieties

  1. 1 :  a collection of different things This store sells a variety of items.

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of having different forms or types My diet lacks variety.

  3. 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. 4 :  entertainment made up of performances (as dances and songs) that follow one another and are not related


Medical Dictionary

variety

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noun va·ri·e·ty \və-ˈrī-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of variety

plural

varieties

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



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