variety[və rī′ə tē]
A variety of flowers.
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.
- 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 of varietyFrench variété ; from Classical Latin varietas
of or in a variety show
- The quality or condition of being various or varied; diversity: We need to add some variety to the program.
- A number or collection of varied things, especially of a particular group; an assortment: brought home a variety of snacks.
- a. Something that is distinguished from others of the same kind by a specific characteristic or set of characteristics: varieties of minerals; varieties of socialism.b. A form of a language that is used by a specific social group and differs from forms used by other social groups: regional varieties of English.c. Biology A taxonomic subdivision of a species or subspecies consisting of a group of naturally occurring or selectively bred individuals that differ from other individuals of the species in certain minor characteristics.
- A variety show.
Origin of varietyFrench variété, from Old French, from Latin varietās, varietāt-, from varius, various.
- A specific variation of something.
- A number of different things.
- A state of constant change.
- (taxonomy) A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
- (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.
- (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.
- (algebra, esp. universal algebra) The class of all algebraic structures of a given signature satisfying a given set of identities.