Simple Definition of distant
: existing or happening far away in space : separated by space
: far away in time : happening far in the past or far into the future
: having to do with something that is not related to what is happening where you are or at the present time
Full Definition of distant
1 a : separated in space : away <a mile distant> b : situated at a great distance : far-off <a distant galaxy> c : separated by a great distance from each other : far apart d : far behind <finished a distant third>
2 : separated in a relationship other than spatial <a distant cousin> <the distant past>
3 : different in kind <from two very distant backgrounds>
4 : reserved or aloof in personal relationship : cold <was distant and distracted>
5 a : going a long distance <distant voyages> b : concerned with remote things <distant thoughts>
Examples of distant in a sentence
In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth.
The day I left home is now a distant memory.
Origin of distant
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart, be distant, from dis- + stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 14th century
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