A variant is another version of something. You could say chimps and apes and gorillas are variants in the primate family.

Words often have variants, spellings that vary from region to region or country to country. The British colour and the American color are variants. When a movie or TV show is remade or casts a new actor — like with the string of James Bonds — you could call those movies variants. Where there are variants, there is variety — things aren't all the same.

Definitions of variant

n something a little different from others of the same type

“a variant of the same word”
edition, variation, version
Type of:
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

n an event that departs from expectations

discrepancy, variance
Type of:
departure, deviation, difference, divergence
a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

n a variable quantity that is random

chance variable, random variable, stochastic variable, variate
Type of:
variable, variable quantity
a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

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

form, strain, var.
Type of:
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
animal or plant group having natural relations

adj exhibiting variation and change

“letters variant in size”
liable to or capable of change

adj differing from a norm or standard

“a variant spelling”
unlike in nature or quality or form or degree

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