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 Nova 4 will cost 3,399 yuan (about $490) for a model with the above specs, but there’s a cheaper $3,099-yuan ($450) variant that replaces the 48-megapixel sensor with a 20-megapixel unit. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Huawei announces Nova 4 with hole-punch display and 48-megapixel camera," 17 Dec. 2018 My hunch was that Alana was in the middle of a vestibular migraine, a variant where the brain’s electrical waves propagate through the cerebellum, the brain’s balance center. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 United already operates a fleet of 25 of the 787-9 model and 12 of the smaller 787-8 variant. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "United orders more Boeing 787 Dreamliners," 1 Oct. 2018 The Fertilome test on its own looks for variants linked with reproductive health conditions including: Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI): A condition that leads to early menopause. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Can This Test Tell You When You Should Have a Baby?," 1 Oct. 2018 An Indonesian team is also traveling to Boeing’s headquarters in the U.S. to speak to designers of the brand-new 737 MAX, a variant of the popular single-aisle workhorse that entered commercial service in 2017. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air 610 Had the Same Problem Four Flights in a Row Before It Crashed," 5 Nov. 2018 That’s meant, for instance, that Samsung couldn’t release a variant of the Galaxy S9 that only includes the Galaxy Apps store and the Samsung browser and doesn’t include Chrome, Google Play, or Google search. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Google could finally face serious competition for Android," 18 Oct. 2018 Another variant of this latter approach is to inject cryptomining scripts into ad networks that legitimate websites then unknowingly serve to their visitors. Richard Enbody, Scientific American, "Cryptojacking Spreads Across the Web," 9 May 2018 And among the more tech savvy, intentionally buying the Qualcomm variant of the iPhone over the Intel modem version (back in earlier hardware generations when the choice was still there) was seen as the way to go. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "New job posts hint Apple is making its own modem to compete with Qualcomm," 12 Dec. 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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