variant

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1var·i·ant

adjective \ˈver-ē-ənt\

: different in some way from others of the same kind

Full Definition of VARIANT

1
obsolete :  variable
2
:  manifesting variety, deviation, or disagreement
3
:  varying usually slightly from the standard form <variant readings> <variant spellings>

Examples of VARIANT

  1. variant strains of a disease

First Known Use of VARIANT

14th century

2variant

noun

: something that is different in some way from others of the same kind

: one of two or more different ways to spell or pronounce a word

Full Definition of VARIANT

:  one of two or more persons or things exhibiting usually slight differences: as
a :  one that exhibits variation from a type or norm
b :  one of two or more different spellings (as labor and labour) or pronunciations (as of economics \ek-, ēk-\) of the same word
c :  one of two or more words (as geographic and geographical) or word elements (as mon- and mono-) of essentially the same meaning differing only in the presence or absence of an affix

Examples of VARIANT

  1. A new variant of the disease has appeared.

First Known Use of VARIANT

circa 1848

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