- the state of being varied or diversified: to give variety to a diet.
- difference; discrepancy.
- a number of different types of things, especially ones in the same general category: a large variety of fruits.
- a kind or sort.
- a different form, condition, or phase of something: varieties of pastry; a variety of economic reforms.
- a category within a species, based on some hereditary difference.
- a type of animal or plant produced by artificial selection.
- Philately. a stamp differing from others of the same issue through an accident other than an error of an artist or printer.Compare error(def 8), freak1(def 5).
- Also called variety show. entertainment of mixed character, consisting of a number of individual performances or acts, as of singing, dancing, or skits.Compare vaudeville(def 1).
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a variety: a variety performer.
Origin of variety
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Examples from the Web for variety
A variety of systems were in place across countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
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But this approach can be troublesome for a variety of reasons.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
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Klaus espouses inflammatory views on a variety of subjects, some of which Cato happily embraced.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
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In this day and age, this “help” comes in a variety of forms, from creative writing courses to ghost writers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
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Despite their variety, Turkers have something in common—a lack of power.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
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He was seated at a table with a variety of papers spread out before him.Brave and Bold
In the nearer ranks we may discern the variety of ingredients that compose the mass.Biographical Sketches
After the onions have been peeled, they may be cooked in a variety of ways.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
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There is also a variety of scientific mysticism, if such an expression may be permitted.Understanding the Scriptures
The village was picturesque, in the variety of its edifices, though all were rude.The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")
- the quality or condition of being diversified or various
- a collection of unlike things, esp of the same general group; assortment
- a different form or kind within a general category; sortvarieties of behaviour
- taxonomya race whose distinct characters are insufficient to justify classification as a separate species; a subspecies
- horticulture stockbreedinga strain of animal or plant produced by artificial breeding
- entertainment consisting of a series of short unrelated performances or acts, such as comedy turns, songs, dances, sketches, etc
- (as modifier)a variety show
Word Origin and History for variety
1530s, from Middle French variété, from Latin varietatem (nominative varietas) "difference, diversity," from varius "various" (see vary). In reference to "music hall or theatrical performances of a mixed nature," first recorded 1868, American English.