- 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 distantly
The British prime minister comes from a family line packed with pedigrees and is distantly related to the queen.David Cameron’s Toff Problem
May 3, 2012
If Harry is distantly related to Dracula, is he a half-blood prince?Harry's Easter Haunts
April 10, 2012
Direwolf: Distantly related to wolves, these fierce and terrifying creatures can grow to be as large as a pony.Game of Thrones for Dummies
April 13, 2011
The gentleman bowed, distantly enough, and said he was obliged to him.Little Dorrit
Miss Elvira nodded and agreed, distantly—yet not too distant.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
With his neighbors Signor Keralio was distantly polite, but never intimate.The Mask
"I'd rather talk to you in my room, if you please," she said distantly.Marjorie Dean
She's Gene's aunt, and my fourth cousin, and I think she's distantly related to Jeff.Free Air
- 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 distantly
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.