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English definition of “variant”

variant

noun [C]     /ˈveə.ri.ənt/ US  /ˈver.i-/
something that is slightly different from other similar things: There are many colas on the market now, all variants on the original drink. There are four variants of malaria, all transmitted to humans by a particular family of mosquitoes.Different and difference
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