Part of speech: noun
Origin: Swedish, 19th century
A buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc.
A wide range of something; a variety.
Examples of Smorgasbord in a sentence
"The hungry travelers were delighted to discover their hosts had prepared a smorgasbord of meats, cheeses, breads, and spreads."
"Tanni’s vinyl collection was a smorgasbord of musical styles that reflected her varied tastes and moods."
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The term is taken directly from the Swedish “smörgåsbord,” formed by combining “smörgås” (“bread and butter”) and “bord,” meaning “table.”
Did you Know?
English speakers rarely use “smorgasbord” to describe a table stocked with different foods. Instead, this term is mostly figurative, to describe a variety of things in one place. While a Swedish restaurant might offer a literal smorgasbord of pickled herring, ham, meatballs, and mashed potatoes, a health spa might equally be said to offer a smorgasbord of steam rooms and dry saunas, whirlpools, ice baths, and massage rooms.