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adjective dis·tant \ˈdis-tənt\

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. 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. 2 :  separated in a relationship other than spatial <a distant cousin> <the distant past>

  3. 3 :  different in kind <from two very distant backgrounds>

  4. 4 :  reserved or aloof in personal relationship :  cold <was distant and distracted>

  5. 5 a :  going a long distance <distant voyages> b :  concerned with remote things <distant thoughts>

dis·tant·ly adverb
dis·tant·ness noun

Examples of distant

  1. In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth.

  2. 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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