Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A buffet meal featuring a varied number of dishes.
  • noun A varied collection.

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  • noun A buffet.
  • noun figuratively a collection of various things

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  • noun an assortment of foods starting with herring or smoked eel or salmon etc with bread and butter; then cheeses and eggs and pickled vegetables and aspics; finally hot foods; served as a buffet meal

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Swedish smörgåsbord : smörgås, open-faced sandwich (smör, butter from Old Norse smjör; akin to Old English smerian, to smear + Swedish dialectal gås, lump of butter, from Old Norse gās, goose; see gosling) + bord, table (from Old Norse bordh).]

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From the Swedish smörgåsbord ("a buffet with many small dishes"), a compound of smörgås ("sandwich") and bord ("table").

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