Definition of variegated in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈver(ē)əˌɡādəd/


1Exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks: variegated yellow bricks
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  • It is a beautifully variegated yarn, and was very nice to work with.
  • So knitting with variegated yarns not only requires a certain amount of persistence but also requires an openness to accepting the pooling effect.
  • I love subtly variegated yarns, when knitted up they tend to have a heathery effect.
1.1 Botany (Of a plant or foliage) having or consisting of leaves that are edged or patterned in a second color, especially white as well as green.
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  • Plants with fascinating leaf shapes and variegated foliage can turn your shade garden from a drab, dark place to an intriguing cool retreat.
  • If you select foliage plants with variegated or lighter colored leaves, they will prefer brighter light.
  • Marcia especially likes Japanese maples, ornamental grasses, and plants with variegated foliage.
multicolored, multicolor, many-colored, many-hued, polychromatic, varicolored, colorful, prismatic, rainbow, kaleidoscopic;
mottled, striated, marbled, streaked, speckled, flecked, dappled
informal splotchy
1.2Marked by variety: his variegated and amusing observations
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  • Many of these young guys, in the youth movement, have highly variegated backgrounds.
  • Readers, do we need to cultivate a more variegated and positive outlook?
  • All this material reveals Daley as a writer of more variegated talents than was previously realised.



Pronunciation: /ˈver(ē)əˌɡāt/
Example sentences
  • Masses of flowers will appear to variegate the grass.


Pronunciation: /ˌver(ē)əˈɡāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • And they come in an amazing array of colors, from green to blackish red, with an array of variegations in between.
  • Be selective in your plant choices, use variegation for contrast rather than as the dominant theme, and the rewards will follow.
  • Agaves can grow to an immense size and produce leaves with interesting variegations and colours.


Mid 17th century: from Latin variegat- 'made varied' (from the verb variegare, from varius 'diverse') + -ed2.

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Syllabification: var·i·e·gat·ed

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