- tending to change or alter; exhibiting variety or diversity; varying: variant shades of color.
- not agreeing or conforming; differing, especially from something of the same general kind.
- not definitive, as a version of part of a text; different; alternative: a variant reading.
- not universally accepted.
- a person or thing that varies.
- a different spelling, pronunciation, or form of the same word: “Vehemency” is a variant of “vehemence.”
Origin of variant
Examples from the Web for variant
All of these will end with some variant of the following: Ms. Pembreteaux laughed, then shrugged.Let’s Lay Out the Odds on Your Crazy Summer
Kelly Williams Brown
May 25, 2014
If these books are indeed Great American Novels—a distinct category, a variant of excellence—they are generally big in every way.C.E. Morgan: ‘Light in August’ is Faulkner’s Great American Novel
August 16, 2012
The variant of malaria prevalent in Northern malarial zones like the Po Valley was enfeebling, but not lethal.David's Book Club: The Conquest of Malaria
July 31, 2012
These were the expensive Austrian variant: the sleek silver-and-blue cans that cost roughly $1.50 each.In Afghanistan, a Boom in Red Bull
May 19, 2012
The Dutch variant appeared in 2010 on the VPRO website – a self-described liberal-Protestant network.Dutch Board Game Lets You Settle Canaan
March 15, 2012
A Prime can be negated, while on the other hand a variant can shift from possible to Logical to Prime.We're Friends, Now
The Italian and German techniques were often pursued in variant styles.John Baptist Jackson
But fortune is so variant, and the wheel so movable, there is no constant abiding.Stories of King Arthur and His Knights
U. Waldo Cutler
In the variant of the story in No. 38, the comrades are the hero Martin, a smith, and a tailor.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
The variant spellings of Bulloign, Bulloigne and Bullogne have been retained.Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
- liable to or displaying variation
- differing from a standard or typea variant spelling
- obsolete not constant; fickle
- something that differs from a standard or type
- statistics another word for variate (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for variant
late 14c., from Old French variant, from Latin variantem (nominative varians), present participle of variare "to change" (see vary).
1848, from variant (adj.).
- Having or exhibiting variation; differing.
- Tending or liable to vary; variable.
- Deviating from a standard, usually by only a slight difference.
- Something that differs in form only slightly from something else.