noun, plural va·ri·e·ties.
Origin of variety
Examples from the Web for variety
A variety of systems were in place across countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this approach can be troublesome for a variety of reasons.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Klaus espouses inflammatory views on a variety of subjects, some of which Cato happily embraced.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute|James Kirchick|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this day and age, this “help” comes in a variety of forms, from creative writing courses to ghost writers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling|Lucy Scholes|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite their variety, Turkers have something in common—a lack of power.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild|Kevin Zawacki|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All this will give an idea of the variety of duties of a tea-planter.Ranching, Sport and Travel|Thomas Carson
These, with the exception of a few saxifrages and daffodils of the variety muticus, were about the last flowers I saw there.
Notwithstanding its name this variety is not certainly of Belgian origin.The Pears of New York|U. P. Hedrick
The beautiful colors so much admired are deposited by the reflected mantle and their variety is almost endless.
These were for him so many means, so many elements of variety.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
British Dictionary definitions for variety
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 variety
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.