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1. A buffet meal featuring a varied number of dishes.
2. A varied collection: "a smorgasbord of fashionable paranormal beliefs" (Martin Gardner).
[Swedish smörgåsbord : smörgås, open-faced sandwich (smör, butter from Old Norse smjör; akin to Old English smerian, to smear + Swedish dialectal gås, lump of butter, from Old Norse gās, goose; see gosling) + bord, table (from Old Norse bordh).]
(Cookery) a variety of cold or hot savoury dishes, such as pâté, smoked salmon, etc, served in Scandinavia as hors d'oeuvres or as a buffet meal
[Swedish, from smörgås sandwich + bord table]
or smör•gås•bord(ˈsmɔr gəsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd or, often, ˈʃmɔr-)
1. a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, etc.
2. an extensive array or variety.
[1915–20; < Swedish smörgsbord=smörgs sandwich + bord table]
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|Noun||1.||smorgasbord - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"|
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
grab bag - an assortment of miscellaneous items
witches' brew, witches' broth, witch's brew - a fearsome mixture; "a witches' brew of gangsters and terrorists"; "mixing dope and alcohol creates a witches' brew"
range - a variety of different things or activities; "he answered a range of questions"; "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
selection - an assortment of things from which a choice can be made; "the store carried a large selection of shoes"
farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag - a motley assortment of things
alphabet soup - a confusing assortment; "Roosevelt created an alphabet soup of federal agencies"
sampler - an assortment of various samples; "a candy sampler"; "a sampler of French poets"
|2.||smorgasbord - an assortment of foods starting with herring or smoked eel or salmon etc with bread and butter; then cheeses and eggs and pickled vegetables and aspics; finally hot foods; served as a buffet meal|
buffet - a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
Scandinavia - a group of culturally related countries in northern Europe; Finland and Iceland are sometimes considered Scandinavian