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English noun: variety

1. variety (group) a collection containing a variety of sorts of things


SamplesA great assortment of cars was on display.
He had a variety of disorders.
A veritable smorgasbord of religions.


Synonymsassortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Narrower (hyponym)alphabet soup, farrago, gallimaufry, grab bag, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag, range, sampler, selection, witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth

2. variety (attribute) noticeable heterogeneity


SamplesA diversity of possibilities.
The range and variety of his work is amazing.


Synonymsdiverseness, diversity, multifariousness


Broader (hypernym)heterogeneity, heterogeneousness


Narrower (hyponym)biodiversity


Attributeunvaried, unvarying, varied

3. variety (group) (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics


SamplesVarieties are frequently recognized in botany.


Broader (hypernym)taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group


Narrower (hyponym)breed, cultivar, stock, strain


Part meronymspecies


Domain categorybiological science, biology

4. variety (communication) a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances


Synonymsvariety show


Broader (hypernym)show


Narrower (hyponym)minstrel show, music hall, review, revue, vaudeville

5. variety (cognition) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality


SamplesSculpture is a form of art.
What kinds of desserts are there?.


Synonymsform, kind, sort


Broader (hypernym)category


Narrower (hyponym)antitype, art form, brand, color, colour, description, flavor, flavour, genre, genus, ilk, like, like, make, manner, model, species, stripe, style, the like, the likes of, type

6. variety (attribute) a difference that is usually pleasant


SamplesHe goes to France for variety.
It is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic.


Synonymschange


Broader (hypernym)difference









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