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Noun: variety  vu'rI-u-tee
  1. The state of quality of being diverse; a collection of many different types or kinds
    "the range and variety of his work is amazing";
    - diverseness, diversity, multifariousness
  2. A collection containing many different types of things
    "he had a variety of disorders";
    - assortment, mixture, mixed bag [informal], miscellany, miscellanea, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motley, smörgåsbord
  3. (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"
  4. A show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
    - variety show
  5. A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    "what varieties of desserts are there?";
    - kind, sort, form
  6. A difference that is usually pleasant
    "he goes to France for variety";
    - change

Derived forms: varieties

See also: unvaried, unvarying, varied

Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, category, collection, difference, heterogeneity, heterogeneousness, show, taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group

Part of: species

Encyclopedia: Variety, the Children's Charity