Definition of variant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈveəriənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈveriənt//
, NAmE//ˈværiənt//
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variant (of/on something) a thing that is a slightly different form or type of something else This game is a variant of baseball. a variant of the original experiment a variant on a familiar theme Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘tending to vary’): from Old French, literally ‘varying’, present participle of varier or Latin variare, from varius ‘diverse’ . The noun dates from the mid 19th cent.

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