[ adjective ] differing from a norm or standard
"a variant spelling"
Used in print(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)
Since the Protestant clergy for_the_most_part wear gray or some variant from the wholly black suit , my Roman_collar and black garb usually identify me in England as a Roman_Catholic cleric .
[ noun ] an event that departs from expectations
Used in print(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)
The reader , observing this process , might ask `` why not be different '' ? and find in the answer a license to be a variant of the human species .