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noun variety pronunciation in American English /vəˈraɪəti/
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  1. 1
    [singular] a collection or number of people, things, ideas, etc. that are all different from one another
    variety of: People study yoga for a variety of reasons.
    We want to hear the opinions of a variety of people.
    a great/wide variety: Students are offered a wide variety of courses in this department.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the fact that something consists of different things, usually in a way that makes it interesting or enjoyable
      offer/provide variety: Cable TV offers much more variety than regular TV.
      add variety: Introduce different vegetables to add variety to your child’s diet.
  2. 2
    [countable] a type of plant
    Which varieties of tomato grow well here?
    1. a.
      a type of thing
      a huge box of chocolates of the cream-filled variety
    2. b.
      often humorous a type of person
      a man of the self-centered, totally insensitive variety
  3. 3
    [uncountable] entertainment consisting of different short performances, for example people singing, dancing, and telling jokes
    His father worked in variety in vaudeville.
    a variety show


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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