the state of being varied or diversified: to give variety to a diet.
a number of different types of things, especially ones in the same general category: A variety of tropical plants dominate the hotel porch.The variety of baked goods is impressive.
a kind or sort: This variety of yogurt is especially dense because it has very little whey.
a particular form, condition, or phase of something: Artistic pursuits of every variety are represented here.
a category within a species, based on some hereditary difference.
a type of animal or plant produced by artificial selection.
Older Use. difference; discrepancy.
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 store;variety performers.
- non·va·ri·e·ty, noun, plural non·va·ri·e·ties.
- o·ver·va·ri·e·ty, noun
- sub·va·ri·e·ty, noun, plural sub·va·ri·e·ties.
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How to use variety in a sentence
After checking out a few more varieties, she lands on one that feels close enough to home.
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That requires investments, in schools and in infrastructure of both the physical and telecom varieties.
Some varieties of kale grow to a height of six or seven feet.
And its unsweetened varieties can be very hydrating (assuming you like its unique taste).
The segments of the corolla are pointed but on some varieties unequal, particularly that of Shiraz tobacco.
As there are still many varieties of the plant grown in America, so there doubtless was when cultivated by the Indians.
We can readily see how this might have been, from numerous experiments made with both American and European varieties.
As a rule, however, even in the case of extreme varieties, a careful examination of the specimen will enable it to be identified.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
Botanists have enumerated between forty and fifty varieties of the tobacco plant who class them all among the narcotic poisons.
British Dictionary definitions for variety
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; sort: varieties of behaviour
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
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