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# variety definition

### Overview

This page has 12 definitions of variety in English. Variety is a noun. Examples of how to use variety in a sentence are shown. Also define these 31 related words and terms: varied, diversity, sameness, variation, array, assortment, change, taxonomy, rank, classification, species, subspecies, cybernetics, system, logarithm, linguistics, dialect, accent, register, prestige, algebra, class, algebraic, structure, signature, identity, algebraic geometry, algebraic variety, theatrical, entertainment, and variety show.

See also: variëty

## English

### Etymology

From Middle French varieté, from Latin varietās (difference, diversity), from varius (different, various); see various. Displaced native Old English mislīcnes.

### Pronunciation

• enPR: və-rīʹĭ-tē, IPA(key): /vəˈɹaɪ.ɪ.ti/
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• Rhymes: -aɪɪti
• Hyphenation: va‧ri‧e‧ty

### Noun

variety (countable and uncountable, plural varieties)

1. The quality of being varied; diversity.
• 1983, Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, →ISBN, page 34:
The teeth of sharks, for all their variety, share one characteristic, and that is the way in which they are attached.
Variety is the spice of life.
Antonym: sameness
• ##### Varied definition
simple past tense and past participle of vary
2. A specific variation of something.
• ##### Variation definition
The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing. (1 of 7 variation definitions)
3. A number of different things.
• 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.
• 2013 January 1, Katie L. Burke, “Ecological Dependency”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 64:
In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.” His quest leads him around the world to study a variety of suspect zoonoses—animal-hosted pathogens that infect humans.
Synonyms: array, assortment
• ##### Array definition
Clothing and ornamentation. (1 of 12 array definitions)
• ##### Assortment definition
A collection of varying but related items.
4. A state of constant change.
• ##### Change definition
To become something different. (1 of 8 change definitions)
5. (taxonomy) A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
• ##### Rank definition
The symbol for rank.
• ##### Classification definition
The act of forming into a class or classes; a distribution into groups, as classes, orders, families, etc., according to some common relations or attributes.
6. (cybernetics) The total number of distinct states of a system.
7. (cybernetics) Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
• ##### Logarithm definition
For a number ${\displaystyle x}$ , the power to which a given base number must be raised in order to obtain ${\displaystyle x}$ . Written ${\displaystyle \log _{b}x}$ . For example, ${\displaystyle \log _{10}1000=3}$ because ${\displaystyle 10^{3}=1000}$ and ${\displaystyle \log _{2}16=4}$ because ${\displaystyle 2^{4}=16}$ .
8. (linguistics) A term used for a specific form of a language, neutral to whether that form is a dialect, accent, register, etc. and to its prestige level.
• 2014, James Lambert, “Diachronic stability in Indian English lexis”, in World Englishes, page 114:
The mere existence of a dictionary of a certain variety of English does not automatically confer acceptance of that variety.
• ##### Linguistics definition
The scientific study of language.
9. (algebra, universal algebra) An equational class; the class of all algebraic structures of a given signature, satisfying a given set of identities.
• ##### Algebra definition
A system for computation using letters or other symbols to represent numbers, with rules for manipulating these symbols. (1 of 8 algebra definitions)
• ##### Identity definition
Sameness, identicalness; the quality or fact of (several specified things) being the same. (1 of 7 identity definitions)
10. (algebraic geometry) An algebraic variety.
11. The kind of theatrical entertainment given in variety shows.
12. The production of, or performance in, variety shows.

#### Hyponyms

• (specific variation of something): cultivar