noun \di-ˈstiŋ(k)-shən\

: 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

a archaic :  division
b :  class 4
:  the distinguishing of a difference <without distinction as to race, sex, or religion>; also :  the difference distinguished <the distinction between imply and infer>
:  something that distinguishes <regional distinctions>
:  the quality or state of being distinguishable <no distinction of facial features in the twins>
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>


  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.

First Known Use of DISTINCTION

13th century


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