variety

[vuh-rahy-i-tee]

noun, plural va·ri·e·ties.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a variety: a variety performer.

Origin of variety

1525–35; < Latin varietās, equivalent to vari(us) various + -etās, variant of -itās -ity after a vowel
Related formsnon·va·ri·e·ty, noun, plural non·va·ri·e·ties.o·ver·va·ri·e·ty, nounsub·va·ri·e·ty, noun, plural sub·va·ri·e·ties.

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Usage note

3, 5. As a collective noun, variety, when preceded by a, is often treated as a plural: A variety of inexpensive goods are sold here. When preceded by the, it is usually treated as a singular: The variety of products is small. See also collective noun, number.
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British Dictionary definitions for variety

variety

noun plural -ties

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
  1. taxonomya race whose distinct characters are insufficient to justify classification as a separate species; a subspecies
  2. horticulture stockbreedinga strain of animal or plant produced by artificial breeding
  1. entertainment consisting of a series of short unrelated performances or acts, such as comedy turns, songs, dances, sketches, etc
  2. (as modifier)a variety show

Word Origin for variety

C16: from Latin varietās, from various
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Word Origin and History for variety
n.

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.

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