- of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another: Various experiments have not proved his theory.
- marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity: houses of various designs.
- presenting or having many different qualities or aspects: a woman of various talent.
- having a variety of colors; varicolored.
- different from each other; dissimilar.
- numerous; many: living at various hotels.
- individual (in a group, class, kind, etc.); separate: permission from various officials in Washington.
- Informal. several, many, or numerous ones: I spoke with various of them.
- several differenthe is an authority on various subjects
- not standard(as pronoun; followed by of)various of them came
- of different kinds, though often within the same general category; diversevarious occurrences; his disguises are many and various
- (prenominal) relating to a collection of separate persons or thingsthe various members of the club
- displaying variety; many-sidedhis various achievements are most impressive
- poetic variegated
- obsolete inconstant
early 15c., “characterized by variety,” from Middle French varieux, from Latin varius “changing, different, diverse” (see vary). Meaning “different from one another” is recorded from 1630s. Related: Variously.