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 In some ways, the COVID vaccine landscape reflects great progress: Millions of holdouts have decided to get vaccinated over the past couple months, many prodded at the last minute by mandates or anxiety over the highly transmissible Delta variant. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Moderna said the booster even triggered a 42-fold rise in antibodies able to target the extra-contagious delta variant. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 The main cover and variant covers for the issue are below. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 Miami Carnival took place on the heels of a waning Delta variant-fueled surge in Florida, while some Caribbean countries are still in the throes of an upswing in Covid cases and deaths. Francisco Alvarado, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2021 In some ways the Covid vaccine landscape reflects great progress: Millions of holdouts have decided to get vaccinated over the past couple months, many prodded at the last minute by mandates or anxiety over the highly transmissible Delta variant. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Singapore is continuing to uphold its strategy of living with the virus, despite recently reporting record daily Covid-19 cases and a spike in deaths fueled by a Delta variant outbreak. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Until the arrival of the GT variant, it was offered in a choice of single motor rear wheel drive or dual motor all-wheel-drive with two battery sizes. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Although geography, weather and human behavior may also help explain why Connecticut’s recent delta variant spike was not as intense as surges elsewhere, experts say vaccination is clearly playing a key role. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Biden administration has pushed broad use of boosters, partly to help protect people against the contagious Delta variant, as well as to counter any waning strength of the vaccine. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 After hitting a pandemic low of 312,000 in early September, claims had risen three straight weeks, suggesting that the highly contagious Delta variant was at least temporarily disrupting a recovery in jobs. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 One space that is still being upended is sports, and although players are back on the field amidst cases of the highly contagious Delta variant, the reopening of stadiums and the potential for ticket sales is no slam dunk. Fabio Belloni, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 There are some signs that the latest wave of cases, which was fueled by the more contagious Delta variant, has started to recede. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The more contagious delta variant drove rapid transmission of the virus in August and September. al, 6 Oct. 2021 The highly contagious delta variant is spreading across Alaska, driving one of the nation’s sharpest upticks in infections and posing risks for remote villages like Tanacross where the closest hospital is hours away. Mark Thiessen And Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 But that all changed when the more contagious delta variant somehow escaped from a quarantine facility in August after it was brought into the country from a traveler returning from Australia. Fox News, 4 Oct. 2021 But the surge of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths driven by the highly contagious Delta variant appears to be slowing. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 4 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/variant. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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