1. of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another: Various experiments have not proved his theory.
  2. marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity: houses of various designs.
  3. presenting or having many different qualities or aspects: a woman of various talent.
  4. having a variety of colors; varicolored.
  5. different from each other; dissimilar.
  6. variant.
  7. numerous; many: living at various hotels.
  8. individual (in a group, class, kind, etc.); separate: permission from various officials in Washington.


  1. Informal. several, many, or numerous ones: I spoke with various of them.


    1. several differenthe is an authority on various subjects
    2. not standard(as pronoun; followed by of)various of them came


  1. of different kinds, though often within the same general category; diversevarious occurrences; his disguises are many and various
  2. (prenominal) relating to a collection of separate persons or thingsthe various members of the club
  3. displaying variety; many-sidedhis various achievements are most impressive
  4. poetic variegated
  5. 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.

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