Definitions for variousˈvɛər i əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

var•i•ous*ˈvɛər i əs(adj.)

  1. of different kinds, as two or more things:

    various cheeses for sale.

  2. exhibiting diversity:

    houses of various designs.

  3. different from each other; dissimilar.

  4. several; many:

    stayed at various hotels.

  5. individual; separate:

    We spoke to the various officials.

  6. having many different qualities:

    a woman of various talent.

  7. having a variety of colors.

* Syn: various , diverse , different , distinct describe things that are not identical. various stresses the multiplicity and variety of sorts or instances of a thing or class of things: various kinds of seaweed.diverse suggests an even wider variety or disparity: diverse opinions.different points to a separate identity, or a dissimilarity in quality or character: two different versions of the same story.distinct implies a uniqueness and lack of connection between things that may possibly be alike: plans similar in objective but distinct in method.

Origin of various:

1545–55; < L varius variegated, varied; see -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. assorted, various(adj)

    of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity

    "assorted sizes"; "his disguises are many and various"; "various experiments have failed to disprove the theory"; "cited various reasons for his behavior"

  2. respective(a), several(a), various(a)(adj)

    considered individually

    "the respective club members"; "specialists in their several fields"; "the various reports all agreed"

  3. diverse, various(adj)

    distinctly dissimilar or unlike

    "celebrities as diverse as Bob Hope and Bob Dylan"; "animals as various as the jaguar and the cavy and the sloth"

  4. versatile, various(adj)

    having great diversity or variety

    "his various achievements are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. various(adjective)ˈvɛər i əs

    several different

    There are various types of Indian cooking.; various colors of material


  1. various(Adjective)

    having a broad range (of different elements).

    The reasons are various.

  2. Origin: From varieux, from varius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Various(adj)

    different; diverse; several; manifold; as, men of various names; various occupations; various colors

  2. Various(adj)

    changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable

  3. Various(adj)

    variegated; diversified; not monotonous

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'various' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #620

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'various' in Written Corpus Frequency: #809

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'various' in Adjectives Frequency: #72

Anagrams of various

  1. saviour, Saviour

  2. Saviour

Translations for various

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


different; varied

His reasons for leaving were many and various.

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