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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The first win — 11-10 against Taft on May 23 — was of the back-and-forth variety. Steve Reaven,, "Niles West softball ready to build on 4A regional title," 4 June 2019 One gauge of the Hass variety from Michoacan, the heartland of Mexican avocado production, gained 3.7% on Monday to the highest since August 2017. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "Mexican avocado price jumps to highest since August 2017," 4 June 2019 Rich Exner, data analysis editor for, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Rich Exner,, "Census 2020 expected again to miss thousands of young Ohioans; why it matters," 4 June 2019 He has been charged with a variety of offenses related to domestic violence. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Honduras native arrested in Charlotte, charged with illegally reentering the US," 4 June 2019 In addition, Leonard and his agents repeatedly used the Leonard Logo in a variety of non-Nike contexts and without permission by Nike. Michael Mccann,, "Kawhi Leonard vs. Nike: Analyzing the Raptors' Star's Logo Lawsuit," 4 June 2019 There will also be a variety family-friendly activities, including games, a volunteer booth, and putting together practical kits for shelter guests. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Camp out on a cot to bring awareness to homelessness," 4 June 2019 Well, there's a lot of variety within that character. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Bob Odenkirk, Jodie Comer and Billy Porter discuss the ups and downs of peak TV," 3 June 2019 In the episode, Cyrus portrays a purple haired singer named Ashley, who, in true Black Mirror fashion, will have to deal with dilemmas of the technological variety. Kaitlin Reilly,, "How Miley Cyrus Is Bringing A Bit Of Black Mirror To Her New Music," 3 June 2019

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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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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


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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