var·i·ant (vârē-ənt, văr-)
1. Differing from others of the same kind or from a standard: a variant form of the disease; a book in variant editions.
2. Having or exhibiting variation; varying: a procedure producing variant results.
Something that differs from others of the same kind or from a standard, as a different spelling or pronunciation of a word.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin variāns, variant-, present participle of variāre, to vary; see VARY.]
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