Definition of distant
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 : 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 voyagesb : 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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