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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Definitions for smorgasbord

  1. an extensive array or variety: The company has a smorgasbord of employee benefits.
  2. a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.

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Citations for smorgasbord
Inside, the old man held court reclining on a green divan, beside a large table heavily laden with wines and medicines and smokes and an endless untidy smorgasbord of unappetizing snacks. Norman Spinrad, Songs from the Stars, 1980
I think one always needs the sensory smorgasbord of a firsthand experience in order to truly absorb a place's atmosphere--or, to borrow Gracie's term, to read the sum of its "room-feelings." Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, 2009
Origin of smorgasbord
Smorgasbord comes from Swedish smörgåsbord. Smörgås means “a slice of bread and butter,” made up of the nouns smör “butter” (related to English smear) and gås literally “goose” and dialectally “a lump of butter.” Bord means "table" in Swedish and is obviously closely related to English board, both from Germanic. Smorgasbord entered English in the late 19th century.