|1.||[ noun ] a collection containing a variety of sorts of things|
|Synonyms:||mixture potpourri assortment salmagundi miscellanea mixed_bag motley smorgasbord miscellany|
"a great assortment of cars was on display" "he had a variety of disorders" "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
|Related terms:||collection odds_and_ends selection sampler range witch's_brew grab_bag alphabet_soup vary|
|2.||[ noun ] noticeable heterogeneity|
|Synonyms:||diversity multifariousness diverseness|
"a diversity of possibilities" "the range and variety of his work is amazing"
|Related terms:||heterogeneity biodiversity diversify varied unvaried|
|3.||[ noun ] a specific kind of something|
: "a species of molecule" "a species of villainy"
|4.||[ noun ] (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics|
|Synonyms:||stock strain breed|
"varieties are frequently recognized in botany"
|Related terms:||animal_group taxonomic_group bloodstock pedigree cultivar species species biology breed breed|
|5.||[ noun ] (performing arts) a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances|
|Related terms:||show vaudeville revue|
|6.||[ noun ] a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality|
|Synonyms:||kind sort form|
"sculpture is a form of art" "what kinds of desserts are there?"
|Related terms:||category type style model manner species the_like brand genus genre ilk stripe color antitype art_form description flavor classify|
|7.||[ noun ] a difference that is usually pleasant|
"he goes to France for variety" "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
|Related terms:||difference difference|