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distinct

[ dih-stingkt ]
/ dɪˈstɪŋkt /
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adjective

distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from): His private and public lives are distinct.
different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from): Gold is distinct from iron.
clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable: The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.
distinguishing or perceiving clearly: distinct vision.
unquestionably exceptional or notable: a distinct honor.
Archaic. distinctively decorated or adorned.

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Origin of distinct

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin distinctus, past participle of disting(u)ere to divide off, pick out, distinguish (di-di-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick, mark by pricking; cf. instinct1, instigate)

OTHER WORDS FROM distinct

dis·tinct·ness, noun
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The adjective distinct is used to describe things that are clearly distinguished from others. How does distinct compare to synonyms different, various, and diverse? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for distinct

distinct
/ (dɪˈstɪŋkt) /

adjective

Derived forms of distinct

distinctly, adverbdistinctness, noun

Word Origin for distinct

C14: from Latin distinctus, from distinguere to distinguish
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