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
3 : something that distinguishes <regional distinctions>
4 : the quality or state of being distinguishable <no distinction of facial features in the twins>
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 in a sentence
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
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Definition of distinction for Students
1 : difference 1 <the distinction between right and wrong>
2 : the act of seeing or pointing out a difference <He made a distinction between the two words.>
3 : great worth : excellence <a writer of distinction>
4 : 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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