Definition of variant in English:

variant

noun

  • A form or version of something that differs in some respect from other forms of the same thing or from a standard.

    ‘clinically distinct variants of malaria’
    as modifier ‘a variant spelling’
    • ‘It may also lead to the identification of genetic variants that define a patient's response to a particular drug.’
    • ‘It is disconcerting, however, that two-thirds of the menus here offer variants on pork dishes.’
    • ‘We zoomed home alone along the sidewalk, singing a dozen variants of a silly song we had made up the day before.’
    • ‘What we need to do is correlate the various gene variants with various behavioral propensities.’
    • ‘This is a variant of the Cinderella tale, which is not found in Norwegian tradition but occurs in eight Sami variants.’
    • ‘Their work was known through a range of manuscript copies, all showing minor or major variants.’
    • ‘Given this diversity, this is no place to expound a systematic account of liberalism in its many forms and variants.’
    • ‘Microsoft this week released a tool to clean up systems infected by the infamous Blaster worm and its sundry variants.’
    • ‘For trailers and climbers, ivy variants are excellent and come in a range of colours.’
    • ‘As can be imagined, there are numerous variants on the basic process.’
    • ‘Computer crimes are frequently online variants of established crimes, like fraud and blackmail.’
    • ‘Well over a hundred variants on the game have been developed by fans, mostly employing other historic scenarios.’
    • ‘Players usually play against each other but some variants allow an individual to play against the bank.’
    • ‘Bo Almqvist further analyses the Irish folk tradition, discussing the two dozen variants it contains.’
    • ‘Other variants of the game are known in other parts of Europe e.g. Italy.’
    • ‘In each country the Rococo took on a national character, and in addition many local variants may be distinguished.’
    • ‘Despite the relatively small number of variants, the form of the tale differs in North Wales and in South Wales.’
    • ‘For one thing I've expressed variants of this point of view in the past!’
    • ‘Then I turned to the low-fat variants of other products, like cheese, and yoghurt.’
    • ‘If a virus is in the human population then over time the number of variants will steadily increase.’
    alternative, other, different, divergent, disparate, derived, adapted, modified, revised, altered, mutant, deviant, rogue, aberrant
    variation, form, alternative, alternative form, other form, different form, derived form, development, adaptation, alteration, modification, revision, revised version, transformation, permutation, transfiguration, metamorphosis, mutant, deviant, rogue, aberration
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Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘tending to vary’): from Old French, literally ‘varying’, present participle of varier (see vary). The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

variant

/ˈvɛriənt//ˈverēənt/