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

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

So far, Partners has found genetic variants in more than 300 patients that increase their risk of cancer, heart disease, or other medical problems. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Blood samples reveal valuable data — and life-changing surprises for donors," 5 July 2019 While delta 32 grants H.I.V. immunity and may protect against smallpox, previous research suggests the genetic variant makes people more vulnerable to other illnesses, including the flu and West Nile virus. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "China’s ‘CRISPR Babies’ May Be More Likely to Die Young," 5 June 2019 Scientists would like to use this study to better understand how inherited genetic variants caused by interbreeding with ancient hominins affects human health today, particularly the underserved populations living on the islands of southeast Asia. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Might Have Discovered a New Human Ancestor With DNA Analysis," 12 Apr. 2019 The Quadrifoglio editions, marked by a four-leaf clover honoring Alfa's storied racing history, symbolize Alfa's performance pedigree with high-horsepower variants challenging Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M Series. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Alfa Romeo graduates with beautiful vehicles, better quality in return to U.S.," 27 Apr. 2017 That effectively makes Tlaib’s proposal a basic income, or at the very least a kind of negative income tax (a term used for variants of basic income that phase out with earnings, rather than remaining constant for everyone). Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Rashida Tlaib wants to give low-income adults $3,000 a year each, no questions asked," 12 June 2019 The attackers used a ransomware variant called RobbinHood to encrypt city data and demanded payment to unlock the files. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Authorities investigating claim that Baltimore ransomware group leaked documents to Twitter," 4 June 2019 In the past six years, Julien d’Huy, a scholar at the Institut des Mondes Africains, has performed a series of phylogenetic analyses on fifty-six variants of the Polyphemus tale. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 During a media presentation, Cadillac product marketing director Jason Sledziewski alluded to the idea that a high-performance variant of the new sedan is forthcoming. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V Officially Debuts May 30," 23 May 2019

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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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