What does variant mean?

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ˈvɛər i əntvari·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discrepancy, variance, variantnoun

    an event that departs from expectations

  2. form, variant, strain, var.noun

    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    "a new strain of microorganisms"

  3. random variable, variate, variant, stochastic variable, chance variablenoun

    a variable quantity that is random

  4. version, variant, variation, editionadjective

    something a little different from others of the same type

    "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "a variant of the same word"; "an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone"; "the boy is a younger edition of his father"

  5. variantadjective

    differing from a norm or standard

    "a variant spelling"

  6. variantadjective

    exhibiting variation and change

    "letters variant in size"


  1. variantnoun

    Something that is slightly different from a type or norm.

  2. variantnoun

    A different sequence of a gene (locus).

  3. variantnoun

    A variable that can hold any of various unrelated data types.

  4. variantadjective

    Showing variety, diverse.

  5. variantadjective

    Showing deviation or disagreement.

  6. variantadjective


  7. Etymology: Recorded since c.1380, from variant, from varians, the present active participle of vario.


  1. variant

    A variant is a form or version of something that differs in some respect from other forms or versions. It could refer to an alternative or modified version of a gene, computer virus, product, character in literature, or other items or entities that exhibit variations. It may refer to some form of diversity or deviation from the original or standard type or form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variantadjective

    varying in from, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse

  2. Variantadjective

    changeable; changing; fickle

  3. Variantnoun

    something which differs in form from another thing, though really the same; as, a variant from a type in natural history; a variant of a story or a word

  4. Etymology: [L. varians, p. pr. of variare to change: cf. F. variant. See Vary.]


  1. Variant

    Variant is a free cultural magazine based in Glasgow, Scotland, and founded in 1984. Available in both print and internet editions, it is distributed mainly though arts and cultural institutions through Britain and Ireland. Although nominally an arts and cultural bulletin, the magazine also deals with broader social and political issues, often from a left-leaning perspective. 15,000 copies are distributed per issue. Volume 1 ran from issue 1 to 16, almost twice a year; volume 2 is running from issue 1 to current issue 33, two or three times a year. Contributors have included people such as cultural theorist Angela McRobbie, artist Mark Pawson, etc.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'variant' in Nouns Frequency: #2923

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of variant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of variant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of variant in a Sentence

  1. Matt Hancock:

    Initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variants.

  2. Ron DeSantis:

    I think that’s an important distinction to make when you have a variant like omicron which is much more widespread, you are going to have people who get into a car accident and go into the emergency room. They’re swabbing everybody, and you’re going to have people that have incidental positives.

  3. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings:

    One-quarter of those deaths have occurred since the surge of infections from the Delta variant, so that puts an exclamation point on the fact, just how deadly the Delta variant has been for all of us.

  4. Ana Luiza Bierrenbach:

    Kids have been dying more in Brazil since the original variant was here, so it was not the addition of the P. 1 variant that made kids die more here than in other countries.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    We've known..that this variant is significantly milder, we've known for many months that the universally available vaccines reduce the odds of hospitalization or death down to the level of many routine risks that we all face constantly in our daily lives.

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