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Dictionary Definition

variant adj : differing from a norm or standard; "a variant spelling"


1 an event that departs from expectations [syn: discrepancy, variance]
2 (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms" [syn: form, strain, var.]
3 a variable quantity that is random [syn: random variable, variate, stochastic variable, chance variable]
4 something a little different from others of the same type; "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone"; "the boy is a younger edition of his father" [syn: version, variation, edition]

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  • /ˈvɛɹiənt/
  • /"vEri@nt/


  1. one of two or more individuals exhibiting usually slight differences: as a: one that exhibits variation from a type or norm b: one of two or more different spellings or pronuciations of the same word


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variant in German: Variant
variant in Dutch: Variant

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