- distinctiveness ratio,
- distinguished conduct medal,
- distinguished flying cross,
- distinguished service cross,
- distinguished service medal,
- distinguished service order
Origin of distinguished
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of distinguish
Examples from the Web for distinguished
A former superintendent of Milwaukee schools, he is now a Distinguished Professor of Education at Marquette University.
"Clive has had a fantastic and distinguished career so we listen to what he has to say," he said.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A large number of detectives were involved, with long and distinguished records, from three different squads.
She struck back at the “professional” historians more than once over a long and distinguished career.Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle|James A. Warren|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stephen Eric Bronner is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
"I thank you," said Johanna, and for an instant her pale face glowed with the same fire which had distinguished her father.A Noble Name|Claire Von Glmer
Here is a distinguished statesman with presidential possibilities; I shall proceed to fall in love with him.'The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
His sojourn, however, with the distinguished party was to last only for a week, and then he would really go to work.Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite|Anthony Trollope
The wonderful duck was not to be distinguished from any live duck.
But, in the language of a distinguished citizen of the old republic, 'we are confronted by a condition, not a theory.'Comrades|Thomas Dixon
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for distinguish
c.1600, "separate," past participle adjective from distinguish. Sense of "famous, celebrated," recorded from 1714; meaning "having an air of distinction" is from 1748.
1560s, from Middle French distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, or directly from Latin distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + -stinguere "to prick" (see extinguish, and cf. Latin instinguere "to incite, impel").
The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of Old French -iss-, ultimately from Latin inchoative suffix -iscere (this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). Related: Distinguishing. The earlier form of the verb was distinguen (mid-14c.).