- Variety is an assortment or the state of having many different things.
An example of variety is when you have purple flowers, blue flowers, green flowers and flowers of a whole bunch of other colors.
A variety of flowers.
variety definition by Webster's New World
- the state or quality of being various or varied; absence of monotony or sameness
- a different form of some thing, condition, or quality; sort; kind: varieties of cloth
- a number of different things thought of together; collection of varied things: a variety of items in the attic
- Brit. variety show
- Biol., loosely a group having characteristics of its own within a species or subspecies; subdivision of a species
- Bot. a variant form of wild plants that has been recognized as a true taxon ranking below subspecies, even though it may have been brought under cultivation: e.g., cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata)
- Zool. any of a group of widely separated variants within a single interbreeding population
Origin: French variété ; from Classical Latin varietas
variety definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. va·ri·e·ties
- The quality or condition of being various or varied; diversity.
- A number or collection of varied things, especially of a particular group; an assortment: brought home a variety of snacks.
- A group that is distinguished from other groups by a specific characteristic or set of characteristics.
- Biology a. A taxonomic subdivision of a species consisting of naturally occurring or selectively bred populations or individuals that differ from the remainder of the species in certain minor characteristics.b. An organism, especially a plant, belonging to such a subdivision.
- A variety show.
Origin: French variété, from Old French, from Latin varietās, varietāt-, from varius, various.