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[dis-tang-gey, dih-stang-gey; French dee-stan-gey]
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  1. having an air of distinction; distinguished.
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Origin of distingué

1805–15; < French, adj. use of past participle of distinguer to distinguish
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Examples from the Web for distingue

Historical Examples

  • The most distingue of these I recognized immediately as the—.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • That question is in my exercise, to be said of a man who is 'beau, joli, distingue.'

  • You must consider the circumstances, and bear in mind Seldens maxim, Distingue Tempora.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • He had at that time an affair with a Dutch woman, who had been handsome and distingue—she was pitifully his slave.

  • Blissful, unquestionably—we know that well enough—but would it be 'distingue,' would it be 'recherche' without him?

British Dictionary definitions for distingue


  1. distinguished or noble
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Word Origin and History for distingue


"having an air of distinction," 1813 (in Byron), from French distingué, literally "distinguished," past participle of distinguer (see distinguish). The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
With distingué traces
That used to be there -- You could see where they'd been washed away
By too many through the day
Twelve o'clock tales.

["Lush Life," Billy Strayhorn, age 17]

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