Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “variant”

See all translations

variant

noun [C] uk   /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.

variant

adjective uk   /ˈveə.ri.ənt/ us    /ˈver.i-/
different: a variant form Words spelled with "ae", such as "encyclopaedia", have a variant spelling with "e", as in "encyclopedia".
Translations of “variant”
in Chinese (Traditional) 變體, 變種, 變形…
in Russian разновидность, вариант…
in Turkish biraz değişik biçimi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 变体, 变种, 变形…
in Polish odmiana, wariant…
(Definition of variant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of variant?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “variant” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More