variety

noun
va·​ri·​e·​ty | \ və-ˈrī-ə-tē \
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 sculptures hew to the simplicity of the roadside stack, but Loesberg’s drawings show the Jersey barriers willy-nilly, in a variety of much more inefficient configurations. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "An Eye For 'The Built Environment' Fuels Exhibit At Real Art Ways," 14 July 2018 Successful new urbanites don’t have as many habitat or dietary limitations, and therefore can find both of those things in a variety of landscapes. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 Dressed in a variety of pastel shades, the band took the no-frills route for their performance, opting for no elaborate costumes or staging, just pure soaring guitar leads and vocalist Sameer Gadhi's sweltering falsetto. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Young the Giant Perform Expansive New Song, 'Simplify' Live on 'The Late Show': Watch," 13 July 2018 Connoils makes and distributes bulk oils, oil powders, softgels and specialty ingredients used in a variety of health, beauty, pet nutrition, sports nutrition and food and beverage products, according to its website. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 In an Instagram video that the singer-slash-actor shared on Monday, Willis demos a squat variety known as the box squat that involves resting your butt on a bench in between each rep. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Strengthen Your Core and Lower Body With Box Squats Like Rumer Willis," 24 Jan. 2019 For K-Cups, only a few varieties right now (including the Green Mountain kind) can get recycled. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 Kohl's Target isn't the only retailer celebrating an entire Cyber Week, Kohl's is also holding an extended promotion offering deals on a wide variety of products like ASICS sneakers, Keurig coffee makers, Dyson vacuums and Lauren Conrad sheet sets. Alex Watt, Redbook, "The Best Days for Holiday Shopping Deals Beyond Black Friday," 3 Dec. 2018 The report details how a variety of industries, ranging from cat food and jelly to domestic airlines and cellphone providers, have come to be dominated by just a handful of actors in recent years. Emily Stewart, Vox, "America’s monopoly problem, in one chart," 26 Nov. 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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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 \
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 \
plural varieties

Medical Definition of variety

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

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