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[uh-sawrt-muh nt]
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  1. the act of assorting; distribution; classification.
  2. a collection of various kinds of things; a mixed collection.
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Origin of assortment

First recorded in 1605–15; assort + -ment
Related formsre·as·sort·ment, noun
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Related Words for assortment

sort, selection, combination, hodgepodge, collection, mixture, jumble, array, mishmash, kind, group, garbage, miscellany, medley, choice, diversity, potpourri, combo

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Historical Examples of assortment

  • We have a shop close by, where you will find an assortment of all the articles that are most in request.

  • The shopwoman displayed her assortment of cotillion objects.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • When the "assortment" was weighed she made Lisa add some jelly and gherkins to it.

  • I examined the assortment in the case, counting a total of twenty-eight shirts.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • With his hands he kept fumbling an assortment of clippings, memoranda, and copy.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for assortment


  1. a collection or group of various things or sorts
  2. the act of assorting
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Word Origin and History for assortment


1610s, "action of assorting," from assort + -ment. Sense of "group of things of the same sort" is attested from 1759; that of "group of things whether the same sort or not" from 1791.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

assortment in Medicine


  1. The relationship between non-allelic genetic traits that are transmitted from parent to child independently and according to the degree of linkage between the respective loci.
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