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va•ri•e•ty(vəˈraɪ ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
Varietya number or collection of different things. See also miscellany.
If there are a variety of things or people, there are several different kinds of them.
After a variety of you use a plural form of a verb.
If you want to emphasize how many different kinds of people or things there are, you can use great or wide in front of variety.
You can refer to a type of plant or animal as a variety of that plant or animal.
After varieties of you can use either the plural or singular form of a noun. The singular form is more formal.
After variety of you use a singular form.
|Noun||1.||variety - 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.||variety - noticeable heterogeneity; "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing"|
biodiversity - the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole); "a high level of biodiversity is desirable"
|3.||variety - (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics; "varieties are frequently recognized in botany"|
breed, strain, stock - a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"
species - (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
cultivar - a variety of a plant developed from a natural species and maintained under cultivation
|4.||variety - a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances|
show - a social event involving a public performance or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
minstrel show - a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
|5.||variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"|
category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
description - sort or variety; "every description of book was there"
type - a subdivision of a particular kind of thing; "what type of sculpture do you prefer?"
antitype - an opposite or contrasting type
art form - (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
style - a particular kind (as to appearance); "this style of shoe is in demand"
colour, color - (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
species - a specific kind of something; "a species of molecule"; "a species of villainy"
genus - a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism"
make, brand - a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now"; "what make of car is that?"
genre - a kind of literary or artistic work
manner - a kind; "what manner of man are you?"
model - a type of product; "his car was an old model"
stripe - a kind or category; "businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"
|6.||variety - a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"|
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
diversity similarity, uniformity, monotony, homogeneity, similitude, invariability
he likes a variety of food → le gustan diversas comidas
a variety of opinions was expressed → se expresaron diversas opiniones
it comes in a variety of colours → lo hay en varios colores or de diversos colores
for a variety of reasons → por varias or diversas razones
in a variety of ways → de diversas maneras
for variety → por variar
to lend variety to sth → dar variedad a algo
variety is the spice of life → en la variedad está el gusto
Susan liked to have variety in her lifestyle → Susan aimait avoir de la variété dans son style de vie.
She ordered a variety of books → Elle a commandé divers livres.
a wide variety of sth → une grande variété de qch
There is a wide variety of restaurants → Il y a une grande variété de restaurants.
for a variety of reasons → pour diverses raisons