Definition of “variety” - English Dictionary

“variety” in British English

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uk /vəˈraɪə.ti/ us /vəˈraɪə.t̬i/

variety noun (CHANGE)

B1 [ U ] the characteristic of often changing and being different:

When planning meals, you need to think about variety and taste as well as nutritional value.
Sexual reproduction serves to create genetic variety.
Work on the production line is monotonous and lacks variety.

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variety noun (TYPE)

[ C ] a different type of something:

The article was about the different varieties of Spanish spoken in South America.
This variety of rose is especially hardy and drought-resistant.
Our supermarket stocks apples in several different varieties.

A2 [ S ] many different types of things or people:

She does a variety of fitness activities.
The equipment could be used for a variety of educational purposes.
Manufacturers need large sales to justify offering a big variety in export markets.

(Definition of “variety” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“variety” in American English

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us /vəˈrɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/

variety noun (DIFFERENCE)

[ U ] the characteristic of frequently changing, or of including many different types or things:

The markets offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
You can get magazines there that have a little bit more variety.

variety noun (TYPE)

[ C ] a type, esp. one among a group of things that share general features and differ in some details:

Several different varieties of sparrows live around here.

(Definition of “variety” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“variety” in Business English

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uk /vəˈraɪəti/ us plural varieties

[ C ] one particular type of a thing:

We need to create new varieties of drought-resistant coffee.
We select apple varieties with a longer shelf-life.

[ S ] many different types of similar things or people:

a variety of sth The company makes a variety of cameras.
They stock a wide variety of tools.

[ U ] the characteristic of often changing and being different:

Most people like a bit of variety in their work.

(Definition of “variety” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)