Meaning of allsorts in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɔːlsɔːts/


  • 1 informal All kinds or varieties of things; miscellaneous items.

  • 2A general mixture; a miscellaneous collection; a salmagundi.

  • 3A mixture of sweets; especially (frequently more fully "liquorice allsorts") one of typically black-and-white or brightly coloured sweets containing liquorice. Also in singular: a sweet of this type.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823), novelist. From all + the plural of sort.