variety[və rī′ə tē]
- 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.
- 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.