- 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 varieties
Some varieties of kale grow to a height of six or seven feet.My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul
P. J. O’Rourke
September 27, 2014
There is also more nitrogen in his varieties, and this contributes to a quick restart of fermentation after each filtration.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
Gluten-Free Pasta Tons of conventional pasta brands have joined the gluten-free ranks with their own varieties.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
Wild tigers are rare in China, with some varieties now believed to be extinct.Why Do Chinese Oligarchs Secretly Love Illegal Tiger Meat?
March 31, 2014
Shayn calls this winery “one of the best Bordeaux varieties producers outside of Bordeaux itself.”Taste Off: Super Bowl State Wines From Colorado and Washington
February 1, 2014
The genus has two varieties: good providers and bad providers.The Devil's Dictionary
Here all the varieties of his studies come into play, as it were, spontaneously.Cleveland Past and Present
He may be known from the other varieties by the redness of his gills.
Your smudge-pan may drive away the mosquitoes, but merely stupefies the other varieties.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Sold American baked beans, catsup, and fifty-five other varieties to the world.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
- 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 varieties
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.