noun dis·tinc·tion \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
: the distinguishing of a difference <without distinction as to race, sex, or religion>; also : the difference distinguished <the distinction between imply and infer>
: 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>
Examples of DISTINCTION
- There are no obvious distinctions between the two designs.
- She made a distinction between the words “less” and “fewer.”
- He was raised in a small town of no great distinction.
- Her talents gave distinction to the work.
First Known Use of DISTINCTION
Related to DISTINCTION
- choiceness, excellence, excellency, first-rateness, greatness, perfection, preeminence, primeness, superbness, superiority, supremacy
- deficiency, demerit, disvalue
: difference 1 <the distinction between right and wrong>
: the act of seeing or pointing out a difference <He made a distinction between the two words.>
: great worth : excellence <a writer of distinction>
: something that makes a person or thing special or different <Our house has the distinction of being the oldest one in town.>
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