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  1. consisting of different or various kinds; miscellaneous: assorted flavors; assorted sizes.
  2. consisting of selected kinds; arranged in sorts or varieties: rows of assorted vegetables.
  3. matched; suited.

Origin of assorted

First recorded in 1790–1800; assort + -ed2
Related formsun·as·sort·ed, adjectivewell-as·sort·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unassorted

Historical Examples

  • Instead, all our "thinking" would be merely an unassorted jumble of simple, disconnected sense-perceptions.

    Applied Psychology: Driving Power of Thought

    Warren Hilton

  • Together they form the nondescript shelters of a parasitical class of persons, white and colored, unassorted.

  • It takes these unassorted realities that are the despair of the sober intelligence, and extracts from them pure joy.

    The Gentle Reader

    Samuel McChord Crothers

  • They are beginning to get the unassorted cars from the terminals, cars that are bound for more than a score of States.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • Out of sorts means mixed, unclassified, unassorted, having one's functions disordered.

    Who Goes There?

    Blackwood Ketcham Benson

British Dictionary definitions for unassorted


  1. consisting of various kinds mixed together; miscellaneousassorted sweets
  2. arranged in sorts; classifiedassorted categories
  3. matched; suited (esp in the combinations well-assorted, ill-assorted)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unassorted



"arranged in sorts," 1797, past participle adjective from assort (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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