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 the Facebook video, Edwards was seen holding an AR variant pistol, including a nonextendible support brace with an extended magazine. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Louisville man offered to kill police officers in exchange for $30K: Justice Department," 28 Sep. 2020 Genetic testing has shown the fish are a color-variant of the normal walleye species, and not the species formerly caught in Lake Erie. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blue pike a repeat treat - and mystery - for Wisconsin angler," 27 Sep. 2020 Patients infected with the Gly614 variant strains had significantly higher virus loads in the nose and throat, the study said. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Coronavirus may be mutating to easily infect more people, but not becoming deadlier, study finds," 24 Sep. 2020 Plus, a Studio Collection Alongside the Heritage Edition, Ford also announced another GT variant, this one called the Ford GT Studio Collection. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition Takes 'Ford v Ferrari' Story into Modern Era," 16 Aug. 2020 The most coveted model is the SP2, particularly the 2004 Nicky Hayden replica variant. Popular Science, "10 classic motorcycles to drool over," 29 Aug. 2020 As of this writing, the discount only applies to the Space Gray variant. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Apple’s iPad Mini is $50 off at Amazon today," 20 Aug. 2020 One variant called erythrism can give skin a reddish or pinkish hue, yielding strawberry-blonde leopards and fuschia grasshoppers. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia’s Lady Elliot Island," 13 Feb. 2020 As a neutral party in a sea of conflicting, wildly variant viewpoints on how to solve this crisis, SoulBuffalo believes tension equals progress. Dave Ford, Scientific American, "COVID-19 Has Worsened the Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem," 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is a smaller variant of the mega-popular pressure cooker, meant more for one- or two-person households than larger families. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The 12 most popular Prime Day 2020 deals, as chosen by Ars readers," 14 Oct. 2020 This model is actually a variant of our favorite robot vacuum ever. Jonathan Chan, USA TODAY, "Our favorite robot vacuum is at a huge discount for Prime Day," 14 Oct. 2020 Many of the 5G phones launched so far are only designed to work with one variant of 5G. Will Knight, Wired, "How Apple Built 5G Into Its New iPhones," 14 Oct. 2020 Audi has announced that a rear-wheel-drive variant of the R8 will be permanently added to its U.S. lineup. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi R8 Permanently Adds Rear-Wheel Drive to U.S. Lineup," 9 Oct. 2020 After injecting this variant into chimpanzees, researchers detected the virus in the animals’ blood and saw the kinds of pathological changes seen in humans with the disease. Sarah Toy, WSJ, "Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Discovery of Hepatitis C Virus," 5 Oct. 2020 Separately, the Navy sought to replace the F-14 with a carrier-friendly variant of the F-22 Raptor. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F/A-18 Is Such a Badass Plane," 28 Sep. 2020 The coming Max 10, a larger variant of the single-aisle jet, as well as the smaller Max 7 and a higher density version of the Max 8, are still to be certified. Siddharth Vikram Philip, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Year-End Goal for 737 Max Return Gets Boost in Europe," 25 Sep. 2020 Most of the sub-strains Kenny sequenced, including the La Crosse variant, showed up only a few times in his data, suggesting these sparks were quickly extinguished. Anchorage Daily News, "The code: How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of variant was in the 14th century

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“Variant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/variant. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for variant

variant

adjective
How to pronounce variant (audio)

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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