- the quality or condition of being diversified or various
- a collection of unlike things, esp of the same general group; assortment
- a different form or kind within a general category; sort: varieties of behaviour
- a race whose distinct characters are insufficient to justify classification as a separate species; a subspecies
- a strain of animal or plant produced by artificial breeding
- entertainment consisting of a series of short unrelated performances or acts, such as comedy turns, songs, dances, sketches, etc
- (as modifier): a variety show
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- the state of being diversified or different:[uncountable]He needed variety in his diet.
- a number of different types of things, esp. ones in the same general category:[countable; usually singular]a large variety of foods to choose from.
- a kind, sort, or type:[countable]different varieties of apples.
- Show Business[countable] Also called vaˈri•e•ty ˌshow. an entertainment made up of a series of brief performances, as of singing, dancing, and comedy.
- the state of being varied or diversified:to give variety to a diet.
- a number of different types of things, esp. ones in the same general category:a large variety of fruits.
- a kind or sort.
- a different form, condition, or phase of something:varieties of pastry; a variety of economic reforms.
- a category within a species, based on some hereditary difference.
- a type of animal or plant produced by artificial selection.
- Stamps[Philately.]a stamp differing from others of the same issue through an accident other than an error of an artist or printer. Cf. error (def. 8), freak 1 (def. 5).
- Show BusinessAlso called vari′ety show′. entertainment of mixed character, consisting of a number of individual performances or acts, as of singing, dancing, or skits. Cf. vaudeville (def. 1).
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a variety:a variety performer.
- Latin varietās, equivalent. to vari(us) various + -etās, variant of -itās -ity after a vowel
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged diversity, multiplicity.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged assortment, collection, group.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged kind, sort, class, species.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sameness.
- 3, 5. 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 usually treated as a singular:The variety of products is small.See also collective noun, number.