noun, plural va·ri·e·ties.
Origin of variety
Examples from the Web for varieties
Some varieties of kale grow to a height of six or seven feet.
There is also more nitrogen in his varieties, and this contributes to a quick restart of fermentation after each filtration.
Gluten-Free Pasta Tons of conventional pasta brands have joined the gluten-free ranks with their own varieties.
Wild tigers are rare in China, with some varieties now believed to be extinct.Why Do Chinese Oligarchs Secretly Love Illegal Tiger Meat?|Jake Adelstein|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jordan Salcito|February 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Great valleys opened out, dotted with mimosa patches and baobab, and half a hundred varieties of shrubbery.Haviland's Chum|Bertram Mitford
There are several other varieties of cacao, but none of them produce the famous food.The Food of the Gods|Brandon Head
These bear appropriate trade names and form a very attractive addition to our varieties of cheese.The Book of Cheese|Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
The lever escapement is the only one known to have been used, but two varieties of this are found (see fig. 11).The Auburndale Watch Company|Edwin A. Battison
There are many other varieties of both late and early peas, but we regard them inferior to these.Soil Culture|J. H. Walden
British Dictionary definitions for varieties
noun plural -ties
- taxonomy a race whose distinct characters are insufficient to justify classification as a separate species; a subspecies
- horticulture stockbreeding a 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 for variety
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.