Other forms: variants; variantly

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
  1. noun
    something a little different from others of the same type
    “a variant of the same word”
    synonyms: edition, variation, version
    see moresee less
    type of:
    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
  2. noun
    an event that departs from expectations
    synonyms: discrepancy, variance
    see moresee less
    type of:
    departure, deviation, difference, divergence
    a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
  3. noun
    a variable quantity that is random
    synonyms: chance variable, random variable, stochastic variable, variate
    see moresee less
    type of:
    variable, variable quantity
    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
  4. noun
    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    synonyms: form, strain, var.
    see moresee less
    type of:
    taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
    animal or plant group having natural relations
  5. adjective
    exhibiting variation and change
    “letters variant in size”
    liable to or capable of change
  6. adjective
    differing from a norm or standard
    “a variant spelling”
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
Cite this entry
  • MLA
  • APA
  • Chicago

Copy citation
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘variant'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up variant for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer