smorgasbord

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English[edit]

A smorgasbord

Etymology[edit]

From Swedish smörgåsbord (buffet with many small dishes), from smörgås (sandwich) + bord (table).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsmɔː(ɹ)ɡ.əzˌbɔː(ɹ)d/

Noun[edit]

smorgasbord (plural smorgasbords)

  1. A buffet.
    • 1965, California Bureau of Food and Drug Inspections, Recommendations for Food Protection Devices: Cafeterias, Buffets, Chuck Wagons, Smorgasbords, page 1,
      Cafeterias, buffets, chuck wagon service and smorgasbords are becoming increasingly popular food service methods.
    • 2010, Pete Helland, Thanks to God for the Smorgasbord, Jeff Pepper, Daily Triumph, page 15,
      It is a smorgasbord. That means that after you pay a certain amount of money for your meal you can eat anything you want, together with as much as you want. I remember the first time my folks took me to a smorgasbord.
    • 2011, Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince, Roger Norum, Frommer's Scandinavia, page 17,
      The fame of the smörgåsbord (smorgasbord) is justly deserved. Using a vast array of dishes—everything from Baltic herring to smoked reindeer—the smorgasbord (never served in the evening) can be eaten either as hors d'oeuvres or as a meal in itself.
  2. (figuratively) A diverse collection of things.
    • 2004, Nicholas Ayo, Times of Grace: Spiritual Rhythms of the Year at the University of Notre Dame, page 59,
      Here is the smorgasbord of life, and our unfocused eyes are even bigger than our stomachs.
    • 2011, Lorena Bathey, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother, unnumbered page,
      It appeared to me that this sexual smorgasbord was a way for these women to feel something again.
    • 2011, Charles Hanly, Chapter Seven: Logic, Meaning and Truth in Psychoanalytic Research, Jorge Canestri, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Mary Target (editors), Early Development and its Disturbances, page 211,
      As such, and unlike philosophy which has toyed with this self-definition, it is not good enough for psychoanalysis to be a smorgasbord of alternative ways of interpreting human nature. The smorgasbord of available therapies is already heavily laden with alternative psychotherapies without psychoanalysis adding further varieties of its own.