- far off or apart in space; not near at hand; remote or removed (often followed by from): a distant place; a town three miles distant from here.
- apart or far off in time: distant centuries past.
- remote or far apart in any respect: a distant relative.
- reserved or aloof; not familiar or cordial: a distant greeting.
- arriving from or going to a distance, as a communication, journey, etc.: I have here a distant letter from Japan.
Origin of distant
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Examples from the Web for distant
There were stories of distant strife, in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland, and those stories had the whiff of a different era.The Best Columns of 2014
John Avlon, Errol Louis
December 31, 2014
In the not too distant future, these young people will control billions of dollars.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
In the post-Kefauver era of the early 1950s, it had many advantages over its distant desert sister.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
That distant whirring sound you hear is a long-dead Greek physician spinning in his grave.Why So Many Surgeons Are Psychos
December 17, 2014
This can be seen not just in distant exurbs or suburbs, but in prime inner-city neighborhoods.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It is not your privilege as a nation to speak of a distant past.
At Nicolosi their rest was disturbed by the distant booming of the mountain.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Nor will I, but by distant civilities, return the compliments of any of my acquaintances.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The distant sound of a church-clock is borne faintly on the wind.The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales")
- far away or apart in space or time
- (postpositive) separated in space or time by a specified distance
- apart in relevance, association, or relationshipa distant cousin
- coming from or going to a faraway placea distant journey
- remote in manner; aloof
- abstracted; absenta distant look
Word Origin and History for distant
late 14c., from Old French distant (14c.), from Latin distantem (nominative distans), present participle of distare "to stand apart, be remote" (see distance (n.)). Related: Distantly.