Definitions for varietyvəˈraɪ ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

va•ri•e•ty*vəˈraɪ ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the state of being diversified:

    to give variety to one's diet.

  2. difference; discrepancy.

  3. a number of different types of things, esp. ones in the same general category:

    a large variety of fruits.

  4. a kind or sort.

  5. a different form or phase of something:

    varieties of experience.

  6. a category within a species, based on some hereditary difference.

  7. a type of animal or plant produced by artificial selection.

  8. Also called vari′ety show`. an entertainment consisting of a series of brief performances, as of singing, dancing, and comedy.

    Category: Showbiz

    Ref: vaudeville (def. 1).; music hall 3 (def. 3).

* Usage: 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 usu. treated as a singular: The variety of products is small. See also collective noun, number.

Origin of variety:

1525–35; < L varietās=vari(us)various+-etās, var. of -itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motley(noun)

    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

    "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"

  2. diverseness, diversity, multifariousness, variety(noun)

    noticeable heterogeneity

    "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing"

  3. variety(noun)

    (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics

    "varieties are frequently recognized in botany"

  4. variety show, variety(noun)

    a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances

  5. kind, sort, form, variety(noun)

    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

    "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"

  6. variety, change(noun)

    a difference that is usually pleasant

    "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. varietyəˈraɪ ɪ ti

    many different types

    a wide variety of electronic goods

  2. varietyəˈraɪ ɪ ti

    one type in a group of many similar things

    There are many different varieties of the plant.

  3. varietyəˈraɪ ɪ ti

    the fact of being varied

    There is a lot of variety in the content of his films.


  1. variety(Noun)

    A specific variation of something

  2. variety(Noun)

    A state of constant change

  3. variety(Noun)

    A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.

  4. variety(Noun)

    The total number of distinct states of a system.

  5. variety(Noun)

    Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.

  6. variety(Noun)

    a term used for a specific form of a language, neutral to whether that form is a dialect, accent, register, etc. and to its prestige level.

  7. variety(Noun)

    The class of all algebraic structures of a given signature satisfying a given set of identities.

  8. Origin: From varieté, from varietas, from varius; see various.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variety(noun)

    the quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness

  2. Variety(noun)

    that which is various

  3. Variety(noun)

    a number or collection of different things; a varied assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks

  4. Variety(noun)

    something varying or differing from others of the same general kind; one of a number of things that are akin; a sort; as, varieties of wood, land, rocks, etc

  5. Variety(noun)

    an individual, or group of individuals, of a species differing from the rest in some one or more of the characteristics typical of the species, and capable either of perpetuating itself for a period, or of being perpetuated by artificial means; hence, a subdivision, or peculiar form, of a species

  6. Variety(noun)

    in inorganic nature, one of those forms in which a species may occur, which differ in minor characteristics of structure, color, purity of composition, etc


  1. Variety

    Variety is a weekly American entertainment-trade magazine owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly; in 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles, to cover the motion-picture industry; in 1998 it brought out Daily Variety Gotham, based in New York. is a paid site of news, reviews, archives, box office results, credits database, production charts and calendar, with content dating back to 1914. The last daily printed edition was put out on March 19, 2013.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'variety' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1141

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'variety' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2463

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'variety' in Nouns Frequency: #434

Translations for variety

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the quality of being of many different kinds or of being varied

There's a great deal of variety in this job.

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