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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.


Broader (hypernym)difference

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