1. [ noun ] a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
Synonyms: mixture potpourri assortment salmagundi miscellanea mixed_bag motley smorgasbord miscellany

"a great assortment of cars was on display" "he had a variety of disorders" "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"

Related terms: collection odds_and_ends selection sampler range witch's_brew grab_bag alphabet_soup vary
2. [ noun ] noticeable heterogeneity
Synonyms: diversity multifariousness diverseness

"a diversity of possibilities" "the range and variety of his work is amazing"

Related terms: heterogeneity biodiversity diversify varied unvaried
3. [ noun ] a specific kind of something
Synonyms: species

: "a species of molecule" "a species of villainy"

Related terms: kind
4. [ noun ] (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics
Synonyms: stock strain breed

"varieties are frequently recognized in botany"

Related terms: animal_group taxonomic_group bloodstock pedigree cultivar species species biology breed breed
5. [ noun ] (performing arts) a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
Synonyms: variety_show
Related terms: show vaudeville revue
6. [ noun ] a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
Synonyms: kind sort form

"sculpture is a form of art" "what kinds of desserts are there?"

Related terms: category type style model manner species the_like brand genus genre ilk stripe color antitype art_form description flavor classify
7. [ noun ] a difference that is usually pleasant
Synonyms: change

"he goes to France for variety" "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"

Related terms: difference difference
Similar spelling:   varied