variety

noun va·ri·e·ty \ və-ˈrī-ə-tē \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of variety

plural varieties
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
3 a : 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

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

  2. My life needs more variety.

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Origin and Etymology of variety

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


VARIETY Defined for English Language Learners

variety

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

variety

noun va·ri·ety \ və-ˈrī-ə-tē \

Definition of variety for Students

plural varieties
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

Medical Dictionary

variety

noun va·ri·e·ty \ və-ˈrī-ət-ē \

medical Definition of variety

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


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