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

  • adj. Of diverse kinds: for various reasons.
  • adj. Unlike; different.
  • adj. Being more than one; several.
  • adj. Many-sided; versatile: a person of various skills.
  • adj. Having a variegated nature or appearance.
  • adj. Being an individual or separate member of a class or group: The various reports all agreed.
  • adj. Archaic Changeable; variable.
  • pro. Usage Problem Several different people or things.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • more than one indeterminate thing
  • adj. having a broad range (of different elements).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Different; diverse; several; manifold.
  • adj. Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable.
  • adj. Variegated; diversified; not monotonous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Differing from one another; different; diverse; manifold: as, men of various occupations.
  • Divers; several.
  • Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable; unfixed.
  • Exhibiting different characters; variform; diversiform; multiform.
  • Having a diversity of features; not uniform or monotonous; diversified.

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

  • adj. distinctly dissimilar or unlike
  • adj. considered individually
  • adj. of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
  • adj. having great diversity or variety


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

From Latin varius.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French varieux, from Latin varius ("manifold, diverse, various, party-colored, variegated, also changing, changeable, fickle, etc.")


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