From Middle French varieté, from Latin varietās (“difference, diversity”), from varius (“different, various”); see various. Displaced native Old English mislīcnes.
- enPR: və-rīʹĭ-tē, IPA(key): /vəˈɹaɪ.ɪ.ti/
- Rhymes: -aɪɪti
- Hyphenation: va‧ri‧e‧ty
variety (countable and uncountable, plural varieties)
- 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
- A specific variation of something.
The act of varying
; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing. (1 of 7 variation definitions
- 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
of varying but related items.
- A state of constant change.
- (taxonomy) A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
The symbol for rank
The act of forming into a class
or classes; a distribution into groups
, as classes, orders, families, etc., according to some common relations
- (cybernetics) The total number of distinct states of a system.
- (cybernetics) Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
For a number
, the power
to which a given base
number must be raised in order to obtain
. For example,
- (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.
The scientific study of language
- (algebra, universal algebra) An equational class; the class of all algebraic structures of a given signature, satisfying a given set of identities.
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
- (algebraic geometry) An algebraic variety.
- The kind of theatrical entertainment given in variety shows.
- The production of, or performance in, variety shows.
- (specific variation of something): cultivar
quality of being varied, diversity
specific variation of something
- Arabic: اِخْتِلَاف m (iḵtilāf)
- Catalan: varietat (ca) f
- Mandarin: 品種 (zh), 品种 (zh) (pǐnzhǒng), 變種 (zh), 变种 (zh) (biànzhǒng)
- Danish: forskellighed c
- Dutch: verscheidenheid (nl) f
- Finnish: muunnos (fi), laji (fi), tyyppi (fi)
- French: variété (fr) f
- Galician: variedade (gl) f
- Georgian: სახესხვაობა (saxesxvaoba), სხვადასხვაობა (sxvadasxvaoba), სხვადასხვაგვარობა (sxvadasxvagvaroba), ნაირნაირობა (nairnairoba), მრავალფეროვნება (mravalperovneba), სახეობა (saxeoba)
- German: Sorte (de) f
- Irish: sórt m
- Italian: varietà (it) f
rank in a taxonomic classification
cybernetics: total number of distinct states of a system
cybernetics: logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system
linguistics: term used for a specific form of a language
- Japanese: please add this translation if you can
- Polish: odmiana językowa (pl) f, odmiana języka f, forma języka f, forma mowy f
- Portuguese: variedade (pt) f
- Russian: идиом (ru) (idiom), разновидность языка (ru) f (raznovidnostʹ jazyka), форма языка f (forma jazyka), языковая разновидность f (jazykovaja raznovidnostʹ), форма существования языка f (forma suščestvovanija jazyka)
- Serbo-Croatian: jezični varijetet m, jezički varijetet m, idiom (sh) m
- Slovak: jazyková varieta f, varieta jazyka f, forma jazyka f
- Spanish: variedad (es) f
- Ukrainian: різновид мови m (riznovyd movy), форма мови f (forma movy), форма існування мови f (forma isnuvannja movy)
algebra: class of algebraic structures