- not alike in character or quality; distinct in nature; dissimilar: The two brothers are very different, although they are identical twins.
- not identical; separate or distinct: When I asked for directions, three people gave me three different answers.
- various; several: Different people told me the same story.
- not ordinary; unusual: I know my new hat is a bit different, but I thought I'd try it out.
Origin of different
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Examples from the Web for different
I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is a different sound for you.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
He captures all the different issues a president deals with and moves from one to the next.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
When he was first incarcerated, he says some sort of paperwork snafu had him imprisoned under two different, but similar, names.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
But how different would things have been 11 years later, when Scalise attended the Duke event?Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
The prisoners came in, attended by the Phylarchi of their different wards.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
That was the way with his pa—he was a different man after things got to comin' too easy fur him.
So he thought the things he would have said to her if matters had been different.
But this slab of black basalt was different from anything that had ever been discovered.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I can hardly think that Parliament will adopt a different view.
- partly or completely unlike
- not identical or the same; otherhe always wears a different tie
- out of the ordinary; unusual
Word Origin and History for different
late 14c., from Old French different (14c.), from Latin differentem (nominative differens) "differing, different," present participle of differre "to set apart" (see differ). Colloquial sense of "special" attested by 1912. Related: Differently.
Idioms and Phrases with different
In addition to the idioms beginning with different
- different as night and day
- different strokes for different folks
- horse of a different color
- kettle of fish, different
- march to a different drummer
- sing a different tune
- wear another (different) hat