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[ dih-stingkt ]


  1. distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from ):

    His private and public lives are distinct.

    Synonyms: individual, discrete

  2. different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from ):

    Gold is distinct from iron.

  3. clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable:

    The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.

    Synonyms: well-defined, sharp, unlike, distinguishable, disparate, different

    Antonyms: indistinct

  4. distinguishing or perceiving clearly:

    distinct vision.

  5. unquestionably exceptional or notable:

    a distinct honor.

  6. Archaic. distinctively decorated or adorned.


/ dɪˈstɪŋkt /


  1. easily sensed or understood; clear; precise
  2. when postpositive, foll by from not the same (as); separate (from); distinguished (from)
  3. not alike; different
  4. sharp; clear
  5. recognizable; definite

    a distinct improvement

  6. explicit; unequivocal
  7. maths logic (of a pair of entities) not identical
  8. botany (of parts of a plant) not joined together; separate

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Derived Forms

  • disˈtinctness, noun
  • disˈtinctly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • dis·tinctness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of distinct1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin distinctus, “divided off,” past participle of disting(u)ere “to divide off, pick out, distinguish,” from di- di- 2 + sting(u)ere (unrecorded), presumably, “to prick, mark by pricking”; instinct 1, instigate

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Word History and Origins

Origin of distinct1

C14: from Latin distinctus, from distinguere to distinguish

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Example Sentences

This diversity is not neatly divided between distinct species or types but is available to all microbes within the context of symbiotic processes of exchange.

Let’s start with the four distinct types of indexing problems you may encounter.

Early studies, including one looking at particulate matter — distinct from HAPs, but often found with them — have suggested a link.

The two distinct screens offer an experience for dual apps that’s a bit smoother and less janky than phones and tablets that let you display multiple apps on a single screen.

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Researchers linked these fungal communities to distinct collections of metabolites that affect aroma and flavor in the finished wine.

But it performs two distinct functions, both of which are undeniably valuable.

These attacks had distinct similarities with the malware used against Sony.

There is a distinct smell of apples, which are handed out by volunteer workers.

This is a love quite distinct from that of a lover, with whom we fall in love, in part, because they are free and have a choice.

There is a distinct style Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is known for: his bubbly anime-like characters.

What he has done in any one species or distinct kind of writing would have been sufficient to have acquired him a great name.

The megaloblast is probably a distinct cell, not merely a larger size of the normoblast.

The human species,” Charles Lamb says, “is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

A plaque upon a red corpuscle is surrounded by a colorless zone rather than by a distinct blue body.

But the colonies have an interest distinct from the interest of the nation; and shall the Parliament be at once party and judge?


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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