variety


variety
/veuh ruy"i tee/, n., pl. varieties, adj.
n.
1. the state of being varied or diversified: to give variety to a diet.
2. difference; discrepancy.
3. a number of different types of things, esp. ones in the same general category: a large variety of fruits.
4. a kind or sort.
5. a different form, condition, or phase of something: varieties of pastry; a variety of economic reforms.
6. a category within a species, based on some hereditary difference.
7. a type of animal or plant produced by artificial selection.
8. 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), freak1 (def. 5).
9. Also called variety show. entertainment of mixed character, consisting of a number of individual performances or acts, as of singing, dancing, or skits. Cf. vaudeville (def. 1).
adj.
10. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a variety: a variety performer.
[1525-35; < L varietas, equiv. to vari(us) VARIOUS + -etas, var. of -ITAS -ITY after a vowel]
Syn. 1. diversity, multiplicity. 3. assortment, collection, group. 5. kind, sort, class, species.
Ant. 1. sameness.
Usage. 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.

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