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Variety appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "No IT acolyte," I rave, "notes I set one variety location."
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun variety:

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Definition of the noun variety

What does variety mean as a name of something?

Variety is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: varieties

  1. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  2. noticeable heterogeneity
  3. (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics
  4. a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of variety: variety show
    • more generic word: show = a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
    • more specific terms:
      • 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.
  5. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of variety: form / kind / sort
    • more generic word: category = a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
    • more specific terms:
  6. a difference that is usually pleasant
    • example: he goes to France for variety
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of variety: change
    • more generic word: difference = the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

Alternative definition of the noun variety


  1. A specific variation of something
  2. A state of constant change
  3. [taxonomy] A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
  4. [cybernetics] The total number of distinct states of a system.
  5. [cybernetics] Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
  6. [linguistics] a term used for a specific form of a language, neutral to whether that form is a dialect, accent, register, etc. and to its prestige level.
  7. [algebra] The class of all algebraic structures of a given signature satisfying a given set of identities.


  1. "Variety" a.k.a. "Jealousy" is a 1925 silent film directed by Ewald André Dupont.
  2. "Variety" is a 1984 film directed by Bette Gordon.
  3. "Variety" is a 1935 British musical film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring George Carney, Barry Livesey, Sam Livesey. The film follows a revue show format, with a number of performers playing themselves. It was made at Cricklewood Studios.
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