variety-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: collection

Commentary: assortment, mixed bad, mixture, miscellany, miscellanea, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motley - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

A great assortment of cars was on display.
He had a variety of disorders.
A variety of religions are practiced in this city.
A variety of possibilities are available for the first-year student.
The range and variety of his work is amazing.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 2

Sense Number 2: tv show

Commentary: a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances

He likes to stay up late and watch old variety shows.
Last night I watched a man eat fire and a comedy sketch on my favorite variety show.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 3: a sort

Commentary: kind, sort, form - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality (often in Biology)

Sculpture is one variety of art.
You certainly offer a variety of desserts.
Varieties are frequently recognized in botany.
In biology, a variety is a taxonomic category of species that differ slightly from each other in minor but heritable characteristics.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: change from the everyday

Commentary: a difference that is usually pleasant

He goes to France every year for variety.
It is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6