Definition of various in English:


Syllabification: var·i·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈve(ə)rēəs


  • 1Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts: dresses of various colors his grievances were many and various
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    • Monday I leave for Boston with a car full of cameras and film of various shapes and sizes.
    • Koi carp found in the UK come in various colours, but are always bright and distinctive.
    • The performances are polished and well adapted to the differing styles of the various works.
  • 1.1Having or showing different properties or qualities: their environments are locally various
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    • Faces in the Crowd offers a wonderfully various and intelligently chosen spread of images.
    • Their environments are locally various and the types of cattle are often divided from each other by the topography of the country.
    • Gorky's drawings are so rich, so various, so complex, and often so mysterious that they must be studied with rigorous concentration if we are to tease out their secrets.

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  • More than one; individual and separate: [as determiner]: various people arrived late [as pronoun]: various of her friends had called
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    • Over the past few days various local celebrities and sports stars have called in to offer their support.
    • The school teaches children various instruments from piano to electronic keyboard.
    • They will be directed to the various other venues, both public and commercial.



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  • The book threatens to collapse under its own variousness.
  • The magazines I'd learned most from, Yugen and Locus Solus, were committed to a sense of variousness, and I had no interest in editing a magazine where the bloc of contributors was the same from issue to issue.
  • But for all the variousness and inventiveness with which Andrews treats the idea in his early work, one problem arises, acutely explored by P. Inman.


late Middle English: from Latin varius 'changing, diverse' + -ous.


In standard English, the word various is normally used as an adjective. It is best reserved for contexts indicating variety, and should not be used as a synonym for several. In colloquial American speech, various is sometimes also used (as though it were a pronoun) followed by of , as in various of her friends had called —another way of saying some of or several of . This use is discouraged by some traditionalists, however, because various is properly an adjective, not a pronoun.

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