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

The company's next two launches in July were already known to be flying on the latest and presumably final revision to the Falcon 9 rocket—the Block 5 variant. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018 Since the initial disclosure in January, researchers have discovered multiple other variants of Meltdown and Spectre that chipmakers have worked to patch. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Senators Fear Meltdown and Spectre Disclosure Gave China an Edge," 11 July 2018 Apple was clearly planning a gold variant of the iPhone X, as the FCC revealed this unreleased iPhone earlier this year. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple reportedly launching new iPhones in blue, orange, and gold colors," 5 July 2018 But there’s a lingering obstacle to a polio-free world: A scant number of people who got one version of the vaccine before it was phased out in 2016 carry a variant of the polio virus that was in that vaccine and has since mutated. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A vaccine we don’t even use anymore is a reason polio keeps spreading — yes, really," 4 July 2018 Fermi wasn’t the first person to ask a variant of this question about alien intelligence. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "But, Seriously, Where Is Everybody?," 22 June 2018 For a long time, he was mainly lambasted or ignored, but variants of the Bohmian interpretation have supporters today. James Gleick, New York Times, "What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?," 8 May 2018 Leather chairs, couches and dark wood surfaces look more or less a variant of black in the dimly lit room. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Inside Birdsong, opening today on Mission Street," 1 May 2018 In the op-ed submitted to The Arizona Republic, Syms included a lyric from a Lamar song that had a variant of the N-word. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Debate over N-word erupts in Arizona House as teacher walkout tension increases," 25 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 \

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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