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distinction

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noun dis·tinc·tion \di-ˈstiŋ(k)-shən\

Simple Definition of distinction

  • : a difference that you can see, hear, smell, feel, etc. : a noticeable difference between things or people

  • : the separation of people or things into different groups

  • : importance, excellence, or achievement

Full Definition of distinction

  1. 1 a archaic :  division b :  class 4

  2. 2 :  the distinguishing of a difference <without distinction as to race, sex, or religion>; also :  the difference distinguished <the distinction between imply and infer>

  3. 3 :  something that distinguishes <regional distinctions>

  4. 4 :  the quality or state of being distinguishable <no distinction of facial features in the twins>

  5. 5 a :  the quality or state of being distinguished or worthy <a politician of some distinction> b :  special honor or recognition <took a law degree with distinction> <won many distinctions> c :  an accomplishment that sets one apart <the distinction of being the oldest to win the title>

Examples of distinction

  1. There are no obvious distinctions between the two designs.

  2. She made a distinction between the words less and fewer.

  3. He was raised in a small town of no great distinction.

  4. Her talents gave distinction to the work.



13th Century

First Known Use of distinction

13th century




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