assortment [uh-sawrt-muh nt] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for assortment on noun

  1. the act of assorting; distribution; classification.
  2. a collection of various kinds of things; a mixed collection.

Origin of assortment First recorded in 1605–15; assort + -ment Related formsre·as·sort·ment, noun Related Words for assortment sort, selection, combination, hodgepodge, collection, mixture, jumble, array, mishmash, kind, group, garbage, miscellany, medley, choice, diversity, potpourri, combo Examples from the Web for assortment Contemporary Examples of assortment

  • There are even electronics like iPhone and iPod docking stations and an assortment of pricey pens intended for the pontiff.

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  • The crowd is an assortment of reporters, posse members, film students, and very skittish men sporting huge AOL headphones.

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  • Behind glass doors it displayed an assortment of glasses, stacked tea cups; a small row of books; a bouquet of fake flowers.

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  • Less than a month earlier, there was a planned “gathering of dissidents” featuring an assortment of Nazi-envy characters.

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  • Fittingly, the latter portrait hangs in the kitchen beside an assortment of decorative dishware.

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  • Historical Examples of assortment

  • We have a shop close by, where you will find an assortment of all the articles that are most in request.

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  • The shopwoman displayed her assortment of cotillion objects.

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  • When the “assortment” was weighed she made Lisa add some jelly and gherkins to it.

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  • I examined the assortment in the case, counting a total of twenty-eight shirts.

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  • With his hands he kept fumbling an assortment of clippings, memoranda, and copy.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for assortment assortment noun

    1. a collection or group of various things or sorts
    2. the act of assorting

    Word Origin and History for assortment n.

    1610s, “action of assorting,” from assort + -ment. Sense of “group of things of the same sort” is attested from 1759; that of “group of things whether the same sort or not” from 1791.

    assortment in Medicine assortment [ə-sôrt′mənt] n.

    1. The relationship between non-allelic genetic traits that are transmitted from parent to child independently and according to the degree of linkage between the respective loci.

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