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

Origin of assorted

First recorded in 1790–1800; assort + -ed2
Related formsun·as·sort·ed, adjectivewell-as·sort·ed, adjective



verb (used with object)

to distribute, place, or arrange according to kind or class; classify; sort.
to furnish with a suitable assortment or variety of goods; make up of articles likely to suit a demand.
Archaic. to group with others of the same or similar kind; connect or identify as of a similar class; associate (usually followed by with).

verb (used without object)

to agree in sort or kind; be matched or suited.
to associate; consort.

Origin of assort

From the Middle French word assorter, dating back to 1480–90. See as-, sort
Related formsas·sort·a·tive, as·sort·ive, adjectiveas·sort·a·tive·ly, adverbas·sort·er, nounre·as·sort, verb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assorted

Contemporary Examples of assorted

Historical Examples of assorted

  • It had started to pour again and they had opened the assorted umbrellas.


    Emile Zola

  • Finally we selected our berths, assorted our luggage, and sat down to rest.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • There were, indeed, many children of assorted nationalities and sizes.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • Travellers of assorted ranks and occupations got in and out.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • It is a town of color, due largely to the assorted population.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for assorted



consisting of various kinds mixed together; miscellaneousassorted sweets
arranged in sorts; classifiedassorted categories
matched; suited (esp in the combinations well-assorted, ill-assorted)



(tr) to arrange or distribute into groups of the same type; classify
(intr usually foll by with) to fit or fall into a class or group; match
(tr) to supply with an assortment of merchandise
(tr) to put in the same category as others; group
(intr usually foll by with) rare to keep company; consort
Derived Formsassortative or assortive, adjectiveassortatively, adverbassorter, noun

Word Origin for assort

C15: from Old French assorter, from sorte sort
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Word Origin and History for assorted

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



late 15c., "to distribute into groups," from Middle French assortir (15c.), from Old French assorter "to assort, match," from a- "to" (see ad-) + sorte "kind" (see sort). Related: Assorted; assorting.

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