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SMORGASBORD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does smorgasbord mean? 

SMORGASBORD (noun)
  The noun SMORGASBORD has 2 senses:

1. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
2. 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

  Familiarity information: SMORGASBORD used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SMORGASBORD (noun)


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Meaning:

A collection containing a variety of sorts of things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

smorgasbord; salmagundi; potpourri; motley; variety; mixed bag; miscellany; miscellanea; assortment; mixture

Context examples:

a great assortment of cars was on display / he had a variety of disorders / a veritable smorgasbord of religions

Hypernyms ("smorgasbord" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "smorgasbord"):

grab bag (an assortment of miscellaneous items)

witch's brew; witches' brew; witches' broth (a fearsome mixture)

range (a variety of different things or activities)

selection (an assortment of things from which a choice can be made)

farrago; gallimaufry; hodgepodge; hotchpotch; melange; mingle-mangle; mishmash; oddments; odds and ends; omnium-gatherum; ragbag (a motley assortment of things)

alphabet soup (a confusing assortment)

sampler (an assortment of various samples)


Sense 2smorgasbord [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("smorgasbord" is a kind of...):

buffet (a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves)

Domain region:

Scandinavia (a group of culturally related countries in northern Europe; Finland and Iceland are sometimes considered Scandinavian)


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