variant

adjective
var·i·ant | \ˈver-ē-ənt \

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

Currently, the company’s genetic test—called Fertilome—scans for 49 variants across 32 genes that have been linked to conditions that can sometimes cause fertility problems. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 Both the Color Icon Eyeshadow and Mega Glo Highlighting Bar come in four variants to represent the classical elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Super-Shimmery Zodiac Makeup Collection," 12 July 2018 Apple typically debuts a red variant some months after a new iPhone launches to promote Product (RED), an organization that campaigns to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple reportedly launching new iPhones in blue, orange, and gold colors," 5 July 2018 In fact, high-performance variants such as the 350-horsepower Focus RS might even see prices spike before coasting into oblivion. Kyle Stock, chicagotribune.com, "Zombie cars offer sweet deals for consumers, headaches for automakers," 25 June 2018 In fact, high-performance variants such as the 350-horsepower Focus RS might even see prices spike before coasting into oblivion. Kyle Stock, Bloomberg.com, "The Sedan is Dying, So It’s Time to Buy One," 25 June 2018 The shooter used an AR-15 variant made by the company. Fortune, "Why Gunmakers Would Rather Sell AR-15s Than Handguns," 20 June 2018 Recent studies have found that Y. Pestis variants were infecting humans as early as Late Neolithic/Early Bronze period. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Bacteria in Ancient Teeth Push Back Origins of the Bubonic Plague," 16 June 2018 Days after the summit, DHS sent a fresh notice describing malware variants used by North Korea. Tami Abdollah, BostonGlobe.com, "Summit does not deal with North Korea’s hacking," 16 June 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 \

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- \

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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