American English

Definition of variety noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. varieties)
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  1. 1[singular] variety (of something) several different kinds of the same thing There is a wide variety of patterns to choose from. He resigned for a variety of reasons. This tool can be used in a variety of ways. I was impressed by the variety of dishes on offer.
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of not being the same or not doing the same thing all the time synonym diversity We all need variety in our diet. We want more variety in our work.
  3. 3[countable] variety (of something) a type of a thing, for example a plant or language, that is different from the others in the same general group Apples come in a great many varieties. a rare variety of orchid different varieties of English My cooking is of the “quick and simple” variety.
  4. 4(also vaudeville) [uncountable] a form of theater or television entertainment that consists of a series of short performances, such as singing, dancing, and funny acts a variety show/theater
  5. Word Familyvary verbvaried adjectivevariable adjectivevariation nounvarious adjectivevariety nounIdioms
    variety is the spice of life (saying)
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    new and exciting experiences make life more interesting