distant

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adjective dis·tant \ˈdis-tənt\

Definition of distant

  1. 1a :  separated in space :  away a mile distantb :  situated at a great distance (see 1distance 2c) :  far-off a distant galaxyc :  having a great amount of separation between each other :  separated by a great distance from each other :  far apart visiting distant places distant campusesd :  far behind finished a distant third

  2. 2 :  separated in a relationship other than spatial a distant cousin the distant past

  3. 3 :  different in kind from two very distant backgrounds

  4. 4 :  reserved or aloof in personal relationship :  cold was distant and distracted

  5. 5a :  going a long distance distant voyagesb :  concerned with remote (see 1remote 2) things distant thoughts

distantly

adverb

distantness

noun

Examples of distant in a Sentence

  1. In the distant past, dinosaurs roamed the earth.

  2. The day I left home is now a distant memory.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century



DISTANT Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective dis·tant \ˈdis-tənt\

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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adjective dis·tant \ˈdi-stənt\

Definition of distant for Students

  1. 1 :  existing or happening at a place far away a distant planet distant thunder

  2. 2 :  far away in time the distant future

  3. 3 :  not closely related distant cousins

  4. 4 :  1cold 5, unfriendly a distant manner

distantly

adverb


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