[ vair-ee-i-gey-tid, vair-i-gey- ]
/ ˈvɛər i ɪˌgeɪ tɪd, ˈvɛər ɪˌgeɪ- /


varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors.
varied; diversified; diverse.

Origin of variegated

First recorded in 1655–65; variegate + -ed2

Related forms

un·var·i·e·gat·ed, adjective

Definition for variegated (2 of 2)


[ vair-ee-i-geyt, vair-i-geyt ]
/ ˈvɛər i ɪˌgeɪt, ˈvɛər ɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), var·i·e·gat·ed, var·i·e·gat·ing.

to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
to give variety to; diversify.

Origin of variegate

1645–55; < Late Latin variegātus (past participle of variegāre to make (something) look varied), equivalent to Latin vari(us) various + -eg- (combining form of agere to do; see agent) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

var·i·e·ga·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for variegated (1 of 2)


/ (ˈvɛərɪˌɡeɪtɪd) /


displaying differently coloured spots, patches, streaks, etc
(of foliage or flowers) having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc

British Dictionary definitions for variegated (2 of 2)


/ (ˈvɛərɪˌɡeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
to impart variety to

Derived Forms

variegation, noun

Word Origin for variegate

C17: from Late Latin variegāre, from Latin varius diverse, various + agere to make
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