dis·​tant | \ ˈdi-stənt How to pronounce distant (audio) \

Definition of distant

1a : separated in space : away a mile distant
b : situated at a great distance (see distance entry 1 sense 2a) : 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
4 : reserved or aloof in personal relationship : cold was distant and distracted
5a : going a long distance distant voyages
b : concerned with remote (see remote entry 1 sense 2) things distant thoughts

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Other Words from distant

distantly adverb
distantness noun

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Examples of distant in a Sentence

In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth. The day I left home is now a distant memory.
Recent Examples on the Web And while the mood of Thailand in the 1990s or Tokyo in the 2000s might be a distant memory, this summer's styles can transport us there. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 25 July 2021 Even the Northeast electronics chain the Wiz, a competitor to P.C. Richard & Son, repurposed Markie’s hook for its inescapable commercial jingle, now the distant memory of a generation. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 23 July 2021 In their lifetimes, the country’s spectacular economic rise after the first Olympics has been a distant memory, supplanted with the anxiety of Japan being eclipsed by its Asian neighbors, chief among them China. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 The siren system, first used during World War II air raids, was largely abandoned after the Cold War, when the possibility of aerial attacks became a distant memory. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 19 July 2021 But those objections were a distant memory by late June, when Mr. Norman and several other Republicans skipped town during a legislative workweek to rally at the southwestern border with Donald J. Trump. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 18 July 2021 And the Kang reveal turned Thanos into a distant memory. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 July 2021 While avid suburban conditioning fans may ride 10-speeds, for most of us bikes are just a distant memory unless our kids or grandkids are riding them. Frank Sargeant, al, 9 July 2021 For attendees Brad and Chassidy Moss, being back out in the community and seeing people at the event is a welcome experience that feels a bit closer to normalcy, though the pandemic isn't a distant memory. Asha Prihar, The Indianapolis Star, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of distant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for distant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart, be distant, from dis- + stare to stand — more at stand

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31 Jul 2021

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“Distant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distant. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of distant

: 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


dis·​tant | \ ˈdi-stənt How to pronounce distant (audio) \

Kids Definition of distant

1 : existing or happening at a place far away a distant planet distant thunder
2 : far away in time the distant future
3 : not closely related distant cousins
4 : cold entry 1 sense 5, unfriendly a distant manner

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distantly adverb

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