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1 a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions" [syn: assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motley]
2 noticeable heterogeneity; "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing" [syn: diverseness, diversity, multifariousness]
3 (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differe from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics; "varieties are frequently recognized in botany"
4 a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances [syn: variety show]
5 a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, sort, form]
6 a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic" [syn: change]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A specific variation of sth
  2. A state of constant change
  3. A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species.
  4. The total number of distinct states of a system.
  5. Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.


variation of something
rank in a taxonomic classification

Extensive Definition

Variety may refer to:




variety in Czech: Varieta
variety in German: Varietät
variety in Spanish: Variedad
variety in French: Variété
variety in Japanese: バラエティ
variety in Dutch: Variëteit
variety in Low German: Varietät
variety in Slovak: Varieta

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Broadway, Proteus, a certain number, a few, about-face, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, affiliation, allotropism, allotropy, alteration, amelioration, apostasy, assortment, betterment, biotype, blood, body, branch, brand, break, breed, burlesque, capriciousness, cast, category, change, change of heart, changeability, changeableness, character, choice, choppiness, church, circus, clan, class, classification, collectanea, collection, color, communion, community, conglomerate, conglomeration, constructive change, continuity, contrariety, contrast, conversion, dappleness, defection, degeneration, degenerative change, denomination, departure, description, designation, desultoriness, deterioration, deviability, deviation, difference, differentiation, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, disconformity, discongruity, discontinuity, discordance, discrepancy, discreteness, disorder, disparity, dissent, dissimilarity, dissonance, distinction, distinctness, divarication, divergence, divergency, diversification, diversion, diversity, division, drama, eccentricity, entertainment industry, erraticism, faction, family, far cry, feather, fellowship, fickleness, fitting, flightiness, flip-flop, form, freakishness, genotype, genre, genus, grade, gradual change, grain, group, her infinite variety, heterogeneity, heteromorphism, hodgepodge, ilk, improvement, impulsiveness, inaccordance, incompatibility, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, inconstancy, inequality, inharmoniousness, inharmony, instability, irreconcilability, irregularity, jerkiness, kidney, kin, kind, kingdom, label, legit, legitimate stage, line, lot, make, manifoldness, manner, mark, medley, melioration, mercuriality, miscellanea, miscellany, mitigation, mix, mixture, modification, modulation, mold, moodiness, more, motleyness, multifariousness, multiformity, multiplicity, mutability, nature, nonconformism, nonconformity, nonstandardization, nonuniformity, nonuniqueness, number, numerousness, oddments, odds, odds and ends, off Broadway, off-off-Broadway, offshoot, omnifariousness, omniformity, omnium-gatherum, opposition, order, organization, otherness, overthrow, party, persuasion, phylum, playland, pluralism, plurality, pluralness, polymorphism, qualification, race, radical change, raggedness, range, rank, re-creation, realignment, redesign, reform, reformation, religious order, remaking, renewal, repertory drama, reshaping, restlessness, restructuring, reversal, revival, revivification, revolution, schism, school, sect, sectarism, section, segment, selection, separateness, series, several, shape, shapeshifter, shift, shiftiness, show biz, show business, society, sort, species, stage world, stagedom, stageland, stamp, stock, strain, strawhat, strawhat circuit, stripe, style, subclass, subfamily, subgenus, subkingdom, suborder, subspecies, subtribe, sudden change, summer stock, sundries, superclass, superfamily, superorder, superspecies, switch, the boards, the footlights, the like of, the likes of, the scenes, the stage, the theater, theater world, theatromania, theatrophobia, total change, transition, tribe, turn, turnabout, type, uncertainty, unconformism, unconformity, undependability, unevenness, unfixedness, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unpredictability, unreliability, unsettledness, unstableness, unsteadfastness, unsteadiness, upheaval, variability, variance, variation, variegation, variousness, vaudeville, versatility, version, violent change, wantonness, wavering, waywardness, whimsicality, worsening
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