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variant

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adjective var·i·ant \ ˈver-ē-ənt \

Definition of variant

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

Examples of variant in a Sentence

  1. variant strains of a disease

Recent Examples of variant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of variant

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


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variant

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Definition of variant

: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

  1. A new variant of the disease has appeared.

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Origin and Etymology of variant

noun derivative of 1variant


VARIANT Defined for English Language Learners

variant

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Definition of variant for English Language Learners

  • : different in some way from others of the same kind


variant

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Definition of variant for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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variant

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adjective var·i·ant \ ˈver-ē-ənt \

Definition of variant for Students

:differing from others of its kind or class
  • variant spellings

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variant

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Definition of variant for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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variant

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adjective var·i·ant \ ˈver-ē-ənt, ˈvar- \

medical Definition of variant

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

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variant

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medical Definition of variant

: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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