Definition of distant
1a : separated in space : away <a mile distant>b : situated at a great distance (see 1distance 2c) : far-off <a distant galaxy>c : having a great amount of separation between each other : separated by a great distance from each other : far apart <visiting distant places> <distant campuses>d : far behind <finished a distant third>
2 : separated in a relationship other than spatial <a distant cousin> <the distant past>
3 : different in kind <from two very distant backgrounds>
5a : going a long distance <distant voyages>b : concerned with remote (see 1remote 2) things <distant thoughts>
Examples of distant in a sentence
In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth.
The day I left home is now a distant memory.
Origin and Etymology of distant
Middle English, from Medieval French, from Latin distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart, be distant, from dis- + stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 14th century
DISTANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distant for English Language Learners
: existing or happening far away in space : separated by space
: far away in time : happening far in the past or far into the future
: having to do with something that is not related to what is happening where you are or at the present time
DISTANT Defined for Kids
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