[ uhn-di-sting-gwisht ]
/ ˌʌn dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃt /


having no distinguishing marks or features.
without any claim to distinction: an undistinguished performance.
unnoticed; inconspicuous: He was an undistinguished part of the crowd.
not separated or divided, as by sets or categories.

Origin of undistinguished

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + distinguished
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British Dictionary definitions for undistinguished


/ (ˌʌndɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt) /


not particularly good or badan undistinguished career
without distinctionundistinguished features
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Word Origin and History for undistinguished



1590s, "not kept distinct," from un- (1) "not" + distinguished. Meaning "not elevated above others" is attested from 1600.

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