variety

[ vuh-rahy-i-tee ]
/ vəˈraɪ ɪ ti /

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 forms

non·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.

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

/ (vəˈraɪɪtɪ) /

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. taxonomy a race whose distinct characters are insufficient to justify classification as a separate species; a subspecies
  2. horticulture stockbreeding a 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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