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variety

Syllabification: va·ri·e·ty
Pronunciation: /vəˈrīədē
 
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Definition of variety in English:

noun (plural varieties)

1The quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity, sameness, or monotony: it’s the variety that makes my job so enjoyable
More example sentences
  • The survey found that a lack of variety and poor nutritional quality of foods limits shoppers' ability to eat healthfully.
  • Digital radio promised lower costs, higher quality and more variety.
  • Unlike me, some people really do prefer uniformity to variety, regardless of cost.
Synonyms
diversity, variation, diversification, heterogeneity, multifariousness, change, choice, difference
1.1 (a variety of) A number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality: the center offers a variety of leisure activities
More example sentences
  • Stallholders offered a variety of goods and a range of arts and crafts were on display.
  • His work draws upon a variety of influences ranging from travel to music and film.
  • However he has had a variety of different roles with a range of responsibilities.
Synonyms
assortment, miscellany, range, array, collection, selection, mixture, medley, multiplicity;
mixed bag, motley collection, potpourri, hodgepodge
1.2A thing that differs in some way from others of the same general class or sort; a type: fifty varieties of fresh and frozen pasta
More example sentences
  • Small firms generally come in two varieties: family-run or entrepreneur-led.
  • Municipal bonds come in two varieties: general obligation bonds and revenue bonds.
  • New varieties generally last only five to seven years before they are replaced.
Synonyms
1.3A form of television or theater entertainment consisting of a series of different types of acts, such as singing, dancing, and comedy: in 1937 she did another season of variety [as modifier]: a variety show
More example sentences
  • Simon Gross has worked extensively in theatre, television, cabaret and variety.
  • With a London debut in 1891, he quickly established a successful career in music-hall, variety, pantomime, revue, operetta, and musical comedy.
  • Of course, as a result of this I ended up singing on television variety shows along with Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Pat Boone, even Ethel Merman!
2 Biology A taxonomic category that ranks below subspecies (where present) or species, its members differing from others of the same subspecies or species in minor but permanent or heritable characteristics. Varieties are more often recognized in botany, in which they are designated in the style Apium graveolens variety dulce. Compare with form (sense 3) of the noun) and subspecies.
Example sentences
  • Viola is represented by 25 species, two additional subspecies, and five varieties.
  • At least 66 individual species and varieties, representing 25 genera were identified.
  • Taxa recognized within this genus include sections, species, and varieties.
2.1A cultivated form of a plant. See cultivar.
Example sentences
  • Cultivars, or varieties bred from the vine, account for nearly all of the wine produced today.
  • Most of the bulbs we plant in our gardens are cultivated varieties, raised in nurseries in this country or in the Netherlands.
  • For farmers the focus was on some of the latest developments in producing hybrid varieties of vegetables and fruits.
2.2A plant or animal that varies in some trivial respect from its immediate parent or type.

Origin

late 15th century: from French variété or Latin varietas, from varius (see various).

Phrases

variety is the spice of life

1
proverb New and exciting experiences make life more interesting.
Example sentences
  • Most people would agree that variety is the spice of life, and that includes sex.
  • Well, they do say variety is the spice of life, I suppose.
  • Some differences will persist but then variety is the spice of life.

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