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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Amazon allows customers to receive an Amazon.com gift card in exchange for a variety of electronic devices, including Amazon devices. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "You’ve Kondo’d; now what to do with all that unwanted stuff," 26 Mar. 2019 Plenty of people remove their IUDs early for a variety of reasons. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 Other markets in the Persian Gulf region have also underperformed in recent years for a variety of reasons. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Property Prices Tumble in Dubai," 12 Feb. 2019 For lower-lift solutions, the DOE offers instructions for a variety of DIY weatherization techniques, like how to air seal leaks with caulk and how to properly cover attic stairs. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019 Viewers are turning to them for refuge—and for a variety of reasons, according to the actresses. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There's a Reason Why You See the Same Women in All Those Hallmark Christmas Movies," 23 Nov. 2018 Stags will fight each other for a variety of reasons, including an increase in testosterone, increased aggression and during breeding season. Fox News, "Deer fight goes viral after images of stags locked in battle emerge," 21 Sep. 2018 And then later this week on Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the 100 Days to Peace gala, an event which marks the centenary of the end of WWI, and raises money for a variety of veterans support organizations. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the WellChild Awards in a Power Suit," 4 Sep. 2018 On April 6, 2018, Puscian sued Conley and 11 other defendants—including the Westin Cleveland Downtown hotel and its parent company, Marriott International—for a variety of claims. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 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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