variety

Variety is a quality similar to diversity or difference. Some feel having variety in life is much more exciting than doing the same routine day in and day out.

You’ve likely heard the expression “variety is the spice of life” to describe how our days are more interesting when different things happen. Variety can also describe different things that are classified under one category or type, like varieties of apple — granny smith, pink lady, or red delicious. A variety show is entertainment that includes a number of different and unrelated acts, like fire eaters, string bands, comedians, lounge singers, and spoon players.

Definitions of variety
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n a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

Synonyms:
form, kind, sort
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description
sort or variety
type
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
antitype
an opposite or contrasting type
art form
(architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
style
a particular kind (as to appearance)
flavor, flavour
(physics) the six kinds of quarks
color, colour
(physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
species
a specific kind of something
genus
a general kind of something
brand, make
a recognizable kind
genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
ilk, like
a kind of person
manner
a kind
model
a type of product
stripe
a kind or category
like, the like, the likes of
a similar kind
breed
a special type
nature
a particular type of thing
edition, variant, variation, version
something a little different from others of the same type
architectural style, style of architecture, type of architecture
architecture as a kind of art form
charm
(physics) one of the six flavors of quark
strangeness
(physics) one of the six flavors of quark
sonata form
a musical form having 3 sections -- exposition and development and recapitulation; characteristic of 1st movement of a sonata or symphony
Type of:
category
a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

n a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

“he had a variety of disorders”
Synonyms:
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord
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grab bag
an assortment of miscellaneous items
witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth
a fearsome mixture
range
a variety of different things or activities
selection
an assortment of things from which a choice can be made
farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
a motley assortment of things
alphabet soup
a confusing assortment
sampler
an assortment of various samples
band
a range of frequencies between two limits
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n a difference that is usually pleasant

“he goes to France for variety
Synonyms:
change
Type of:
difference
the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

n noticeable heterogeneity

“the range and variety of his work is amazing”
Synonyms:
diverseness, diversity, multifariousness
Types:
biodiversity
the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole)
Type of:
heterogeneity, heterogeneousness
the quality of being diverse and not comparable in kind

n a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances

Synonyms:
variety show
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minstrel show
a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
review, revue
a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians
music hall, vaudeville
a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
follies
a revue with elaborate costuming
Type of:
show
a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

n (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics

varieties are frequently recognized in botany”
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breed, stock, strain
a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
cultivar
a variety of a plant developed from a natural species and maintained under cultivation
bloodstock
thoroughbred horses (collectively)
pedigree
line of descent of a purebred animal
Type of:
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
animal or plant group having natural relations

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