var·​i·​ous | \ˈver-ē-əs \

Definition of various 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of an indefinite number greater than one stop at various towns

2 : individual, separate rate increases granted in the various states

3a : of differing kinds : multifarious

b : dissimilar in nature or form : unlike

4 : varicolored birds of various plumage

5 : having a number of different aspects or characteristics a various place

6 archaic : variable, inconstant

Definition of various (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one have read various of her essays

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variousness noun

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different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

Examples of various in a Sentence


He has lived in places as various as New York and Beijing. for their various and bizarrely shaped plumage, males of the bird of paradise species have few rivals

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After playing the group stages in various locations around Maricopa County, the final games to crown this year’s boys and girls champions will be played in Talking Stick Resort Arena. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "16th annual NABI tournament championships arrive in Phoenix," 13 July 2018 In McHenry County, nine cases were reported between June 7 and July 1 from patients in various locations and ranging from 46 to 82 years old, according to a report released from the McHenry County Department of Health. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Cases of Legionnaires' disease down in Kane County; 9 cases recently reported in McHenry," 11 July 2018 The sessions cost $10 for each student and take place at various locations throughout the summer. Kevin Flowers, The Christian Science Monitor, "How faith and creativity are transforming Pennsylvania youth into leaders," 6 July 2018 Others call for multiple shorter barriers — from Staten Island to Brooklyn and at various other locations blocking tributaries. Fox News, "Army Corps sets meetings to outline New York flood proposals," 6 July 2018 At the Tent Concert Hall and various locations throughout downtown Mendocino., "Classical music and dance listings," 5 July 2018 Head to Domino Park, Grand Ferry Park or the East River State Park in Williamsburg, Long Island City in Queens, or various locations along Manhattan's FDR Drive. Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks 2018 in NYC," 4 July 2018 The trip is priced at $4,995 per person, double occupancy, which includes all meals, lodging and transportation among the various locations. Phil Marty,, "A wild look at Indonesia, a lauded hotel at a winning price and more," 2 July 2018 By end of 2020, Kroger plans to add 17 fuel centers at various store locations in Wisconsin. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kroger's adding gas stations at Pick 'n Save stores in Wisconsin to attract shoppers," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of various


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Pronoun, plural in construction

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for various


Middle English, from Latin varius "having contrasting colors, of different kinds, changeable" (of uncertain origin) + Middle English -ous, -os -ous

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English Language Learners Definition of various

—used to refer to several different or many different things, people, etc.

: different from each other


var·​i·​ous | \ˈver-ē-əs \

Kids Definition of various

1 : of different kinds On the walls, repeated in various colors, hung several portraits of Queen Victoria …— Mary Norton, The Borrowers

2 : different one from another : unlike The projects are in various stages of completion.

3 : made up of an indefinite number greater than one Various church groups called meetings.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

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