variant

adjective
var·​i·​ant | \ ˈver-ē-ənt How to pronounce variant (audio) \

Definition of variant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

variant

noun

Definition of variant (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of variant in a Sentence

Adjective

variant strains of a disease

Noun

A new variant of the disease has appeared.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The building also has a heating-and-cooling system known as variant refrigerant flow, which is quieter, less conspicuous on the facade and twice as efficient as more common through-the-wall systems. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, "Counting Down to a Green New York," 12 July 2019 These cells were produced by making them express minimally variant human leukocyte antigen class E molecules. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skin regeneration, universal donor stem cells and new SMA treatment approach," 15 May 2017 Prices can be widely variant from one side of town to the other, but stations that cluster near one another in areas of heavy traffic often compete closely on pricing. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Savings app Upside pits gas stations against one another," 2 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of the genetic variants found were present in both men and women. Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "Genetics linked to same-sex behavior, but there is no ‘gay gene,’ huge study indicates," 29 Aug. 2019 Further Reading Google announces the Pixel 4 will have FaceID, radar-powered gestures 9to5Google also lists two sizes for the Pixel 4, with 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch variants on the way. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 4 will reportedly jump on the 90Hz display bandwagon," 8 Aug. 2019 To get more of those variants on one chip, 23andMe had to upgrade. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates," 16 July 2019 Most customers buy the crew cab and LT crew cab variants on 24-month to 36-month leases with a price tag in the high $40,000 to low $50,000 range. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Ram and Silverado truck battle could mean deep discounts for consumers," 2 July 2019 The Iranians later reverse-engineered the drone to create their own variants. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "In Oval Office remarks, Trump plays down Iran's downing of US drone," 20 June 2019 In a concurrent and related development, the Navy is working on its own CVM-22B Osprey variant to emerge in coming years. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marines will fly Osprey until 2060, prepping the aircraft for future wars," 18 Sep. 2018 But surprisingly, fathers did pass on substantially more than 50% of their variants. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Autistic children may inherit DNA mutations from their fathers," 19 Apr. 2018 And a study Schilthuizen discusses in Darwin Comes to Town, conducted by the geneticist Katharine Byrne, has established that not only is that mosquito a distinct species; each subway line now has its own distinct variant. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "The Mice Who Evolved to Live on Cheese Fries: Prowling New York With an Evolutionary Biologist," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of variant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for variant

Adjective

Middle English variaunt, borrowed from Anglo-French variant, borrowed from Latin variant-, varians "variegated, various," from present participle of variāre "to make changeable, vary"

Noun

noun derivative of variant entry 1

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variant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of variant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: different in some way from others of the same kind

variant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of variant (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

variant

adjective
var·​i·​ant | \ ˈver-ē-ənt How to pronounce variant (audio) \

Kids Definition of variant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: differing from others of its kind or class variant spellings

variant

noun

Kids Definition of variant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one of two or more things that show slight differences A new variant of the disease has appeared.
2 : one of two or more different spellings or pronunciations of a word

variant

adjective
var·​i·​ant | \ ˈver-ē-ənt, ˈvar- How to pronounce variant (audio) \

Medical Definition of variant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: manifesting variety or deviation : exhibiting variation variant forms of the disease

variant

noun

Medical Definition of variant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that exhibits variation from a type, norm, or wild type : mutation also : one whose behavior is at variance with the norms of society

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