Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[vair-ee-i-gey-tid, vair-i-gey-] /ˈvɛər i ɪˌgeɪ tɪd, ˈvɛər ɪˌgeɪ-/
varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors.
varied; diversified; diverse.
Origin of variegated
1655-65; variegate + -ed2
Related forms
unvariegated, adjective


[vair-ee-i-geyt, vair-i-geyt] /ˈvɛər i ɪˌgeɪt, ˈvɛər ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), variegated, variegating.
to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
to give variety to; diversify.
1645-55; < Late Latin variegātus (past participle of variegāre to make (something) look varied), equivalent to Latin vari(us) various + -eg- (combining form of agere to do; see agent) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
variegator, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for variegated
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The case is different with the giant thistle (with variegated leaves) of the Pampas, for I met with it in the valley of the Sauce.

  • Do not manure the ground for golden or variegated leaved shrubs.

  • Great numbers of these variegated feathers are to be found in the deserted lodge of the little man.

    Old Indian Days [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • The gills are attached, not broad, ascending, variegated with gray and black.

  • The front of its breast is of a red colour, its back is variegated with green, and its sides as if embroidered.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • The gills are adnexed, dark slate-colored, variegated with black spores.

  • With these the variegated Japan Honeysuckle might be freely used, much of its yellow veining turning to a bright red in winter.

  • The beauty in its variegated stone with the sunlight upon it attracts me.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • This is but an accidental variety of the Common Red-leaved Sage, differing only in its variegated foliage.

British Dictionary definitions for variegated


displaying differently coloured spots, patches, streaks, etc
(of foliage or flowers) having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, infection, etc


verb (transitive)
to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
to impart variety to
Derived Forms
variegation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin variegāre, from Latin varius diverse, various + agere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for variegated



"to mark with different colors," 1640s (implied in variegation), from Late Latin variegatus "made of various sorts or colors," past participle of variegare "diversify with different colors," from varius "spotted, changing, varying" (see vary) + root of agere "to drive" (see act). Related: Variegated; vareiegating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for variegated

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for variegated