[uh-sawrt-muh nt]


the act of assorting; distribution; classification.
a collection of various kinds of things; a mixed collection.

Origin of assortment

First recorded in 1605–15; assort + -ment
Related formsre·as·sort·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assortment

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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



a collection or group of various things or sorts
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for assortment




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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