Definition of variance in English:


Line breaks: vari|ance
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛːrɪəns


  • 2 US Law An official dispensation from a rule or regulation, typically a building regulation.
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    • It happens when a newspaper needs something from government officials - a zoning variance, a broadcast license renewal.
    • It needed variances because the building codes were set up for either residential or hotels, not both.
    • In New York's Chrysler Building, a code variance was required from the fire department to locate the control panel in a room off the lobby rather than beside the elevators.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin variantia 'difference', from the verb variare (see vary).

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