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

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

Intel’s 9th-gen mobile parts are based on the older 14nm Coffee Lake architecture, an Intel spokeswoman confirmed, including the Core i9 variant. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel promises 9th-gen mobile Core processors will arrive 'very, very soon'," 20 Mar. 2019 The stones, as is true of all in Adriana’s pieces, are not treated, allowing for the natural variants in each stone to shine through. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to See the Next Jewelry Masterpiece," 14 Mar. 2019 Celmatix's Fertilome test checks your DNA for gene variants that might affect your reproductive health. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Having a Baby," 1 Oct. 2018 While SHINee has grown older and seen many changes over the years, including the loss of Jonghyun at the end of 2017, the song has essentially stayed the same, aside from some variant re-releases and performance remixes. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "SHINee Looks Back on Debut Song 'Replay' Ten Years Later," 21 June 2018 Thousands of variants have been produced since then, for a host of uses. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks," 12 Feb. 2019 There are 246 of the new planes in the air, under the colors of about 40 airlines, including American, Southwest, and United, which collectively fly about 45 of the variant. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The FAA, Boeing Issue Alerts for 737 Max 8 Planes After Lion Air Crash," 9 Nov. 2018 At this point, the original Gardasil still protects against most of the variants that cause cervical cancer. Korin Miller, SELF, "The HPV Vaccine Is Now FDA-Approved for People Over 26: What You Need to Know," 9 Oct. 2018 This is the first use of any variant of the F-35 in combat ever. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-35 Fighter Sees Combat For First Time," 27 Sep. 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 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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