A form or version of something that differs in some respect from other forms of the same thing or from a standard: clinically distinct variants of malaria [as modifier]: a variant spelling
More example sentences
- Despite the relatively small number of variants, the form of the tale differs in North Wales and in South Wales.
- It is disconcerting, however, that two-thirds of the menus here offer variants on pork dishes.
- If a virus is in the human population then over time the number of variants will steadily increase.
late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'tending to vary'): from Old French, literally 'varying', present participle of varier (see vary). The noun dates from the mid 19th century.