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Meaning of VARIETY

Pronunciation:  vu'rIitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  noticeable heterogeneity; "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing"
  2. [n]  a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
  3. [n]  a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
  4. [n]  a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
  5. [n]  a special kind of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new variety of sheep"
  6. [n]  a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"

VARIETY is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: assortment, breed, change, diverseness, diversity, form, kind, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, multifariousness, potpourri, salmagundi, sort, stock, strain, variety show
 See Also: accumulation, aggregation, animal group, antitype, art form, assemblage, biodiversity, bloodstock, brand, category, collection, color, colour, description, difference, farrago, flavor, flavour, genre, genus, heterogeneity, heterogeneousness, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, ilk, make, manner, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, model, music hall, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, pedigree, ragbag, range, review, revue, sampler, selection, show, species, species, style, the like, the likes of, type, vaudeville



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Va*ri"e*ty\, n. (Theaters)
    Such entertainment as in given in variety shows; the
    production of, or performance in, variety shows. [Cant]
  2. \Va*ri"e*ty\, n.; pl. {Varieties}. [L. varietas: cf. F.
    vari['e]t['e]. See {Various}.]
    1. The quality or state of being various; intermixture or
       succession of different things; diversity;
             Variety is nothing else but a continued novelty.
             The variety of colors depends upon the composition
             of light.                             --Sir I.
             For earth this variety from heaven.   --Milton.
             There is a variety in the tempers of good men.
    2. That which is various. Specifically:
       (a) A number or collection of different things; a varied
           assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks.
                 He . . . wants more time to do that variety of
                 good which his soul thirsts after. --Law.
       (b) Something varying or differing from others of the same
           general kind; one of a number of things that are akin;
           a sort; as, varieties of wood, land, rocks, etc.
       (c) (Biol.) An individual, or group of individuals, of a
           species differing from the rest in some one or more of
           the characteristics typical of the species, and
           capable either of perpetuating itself for a period, or
           of being perpetuated by artificial means; hence, a
           subdivision, or peculiar form, of a species.
    Note: Varieties usually differ from species in that any two,
          however unlike, will generally propagate indefinitely
          (unless they are in their nature unfertile, as some
          varieties of rose and other cultivated plants); in
          being a result of climate, food, or other extrinsic
          conditions or influences, but generally by a sudden,
          rather than a gradual, development; and in tending in
          many cases to lose their distinctive peculiarities when
          the individuals are left to a state of nature, and
          especially if restored to the conditions that are
          natural to typical individuals of the species. Many
          varieties of domesticated animals and of cultivated
          plants have been directly produced by man.
       (d) In inorganic nature, one of those forms in which a
           species may occur, which differ in minor
           characteristics of structure, color, purity of
           composition, etc.
    Note: These may be viewed as variations from the typical
          species in its most perfect and purest form, or, as is
          more commonly the case, all the forms, including the
          latter, may rank as Varieties. Thus, the sapphire is a
          blue variety, and the ruby a red variety, of corundum;
          again, calcite has many Varieties differing in form and
          structure, as Iceland spar, dogtooth spar, satin spar,
          and also others characterized by the presence of small
          quantities of magnesia, iron, manganese, etc. Still
          again, there are Varieties of granite differing in
          structure, as graphic granite, porphyritic granite, and
          other Varieties differing in composition, as albitic
          granite, hornblendic, or syenitic, granite, etc.
    {Geographical variety} (Biol.), a variety of any species
       which is coincident with a geographical region, and is
       usually dependent upon, or caused by, peculiarities of
    {Variety hybrid} (Biol.), a cross between two individuals of
       different varieties of the same species; a mongrel.
    Syn: Diversity; difference; kind.
    Usage: {Variety}, {Diversity}. A man has a variety of
           employments when he does many things which are not a
           mere repetition of the same act; he has a diversity of
           employments when the several acts performed are unlike
           each other, that is, diverse. In most cases, where
           there is variety there will be more or less of
           diversity, but not always. One who sells railroad
           tickets performs a great variety of acts in a day,
           while there is but little diversity in his employment.
                 All sorts are here that all the earth yields!
                 Variety without end.              --Milton.
                 But see in all corporeal nature's scene, What
                 changes, what diversities, have been!
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A taxonomic rank below subspecies in botany; varieties are usually the result of selective breeding and diverge from the parent species or subspecies in relatively minor ways.