Meaning of VARIETY in English


/ vəˈraɪəti; NAmE / noun ( pl. -ies )


[ sing. ] variety (of sth) several different sorts of the same thing :

There is a wide variety of patterns to choose from.

He resigned for a variety of reasons.

This tool can be used in a variety of ways.

I was impressed by the variety of dishes on offer.


[ U ] the quality of not being the same or not doing the same thing all the time

SYN diversity :

We all need variety in our diet.

We want more variety in our work.


[ C ] variety (of sth) a type of a thing, for example a plant or language, that is different from the others in the same general group :

Apples come in a great many varieties.

a rare variety of orchid

different varieties of English

My cooking is of the 'quick and simple' variety.


( NAmE also vaude·ville ) [ U ] a form of theatre or television entertainment that consists of a series of short performances, such as singing, dancing and funny acts :

a variety show / theatre


- variety is the spice of life



late 15th cent.: from French variété or Latin varietas , from varius changing, diverse.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.