Definition of smorgasbord in English:

smorgasbord

noun

  • 1A buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc.

    • ‘Buffet costs range between $2.99 for some breakfast specials to $14.99 for some seafood-heavy smorgasbords.’
    • ‘Since thematic units should run for more than a week, the author has provided below a smorgasbord of foods that can be mixed and matched for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.’
    • ‘We were invited for one of Bjarne's famous Saturday afternoon smorgasbords - a cosmopolitan late lunch, set around a large circular table, with the food in the centre on a carousel, Chinese banquet style.’
    • ‘Anchoring for lunch, the guests were presented with a smorgasbord, with the prawns and crab being particularly well received.’
    • ‘With hosts Kannikar and Ib Ottesen supplying a Danish smorgasbord which included Norwegian salmon and Japanese Sashimi, it was certainly an international gathering.’
    cold table, cold meal, self-service
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    1. 1.1 A wide range of something; a variety.
      ‘the album is a smorgasbord of different musical styles’
      • ‘The producers claim that the 52-episode programme will present a variety of Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil songs befitting a smorgasbord of emotions.’
      • ‘This concert will feature an exciting smorgasbord of musical styles, ranging from gospel, jazz and folk to sacred and classical arrangements, both serious and funny.’
      • ‘I enjoyed the mix of articles in this first issue - it was a potpourri or smorgasbord of interesting material.’
      • ‘The reader will be served up a smorgasbord of events and issues that reflect the diversity of managing the national forests.’
      • ‘Trains enable tourists to sit back, relax and enjoy a smorgasbord of spectacular vistas of Taiwan's lush, verdant countryside, breathtaking mountains and tranquil coastlines.’
      mixture, assortment, collection, selection, assemblage, medley, miscellany, melange, mix, variety, motley collection, mixed bag, patchwork, pastiche, blend
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Origin

Swedish, from smörgås ‘(slice of) bread and butter’ (from smör ‘butter’ + gås ‘goose, lump of butter’) + bord ‘table’.

Pronunciation

smorgasbord

/ˈsmôrɡəsˌbôrd//ˈsmɔrɡəsˌbɔrd/