adjective \di-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv\

: having a quality or characteristic that makes a person or thing different from others : different in a way that is easy to notice

: appealing or interesting because of an unusual quality or characteristic

Full Definition of DISTINCTIVE

a :  serving to distinguish <the distinctive flight of the crane>
b :  having or giving style or distinction <a distinctive table setting>
:  capable of making a segment of utterance different in meaning as well as in sound from an otherwise identical utterance
dis·tinc·tive·ly adverb
dis·tinc·tive·ness noun


  1. He had a very distinctive walk.
  2. This wine has a more distinctive flavor than that one.
  3. The store sells only the most distinctive chocolates.

First Known Use of DISTINCTIVE

15th century


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