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

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 Trout has 35 home runs, a very distant second in the American League behind Aaron Judge’s 57, and just ahead of teammate Shohei Ohtani’s 34. Tim Brown, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Ben Sorensen was a distant second in the six-candidate field, receiving 20.5%. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 San Diego completed a three-game sweep of San Francisco on Wednesday, but the Padres are still a distant second behind the Dodgers in the National League West. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2022 Agents stopped migrants nearly 50,000 times in the Del Rio sector in July, with Rio Grande Valley a distant second at about 35,000. Acacia Coronado, Chron, 2 Sep. 2022 The United States and Australia are roughly tied for a distant second in mining. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2022 But the race was not close, and Melton-Meaux finished a distant second by around 35,000 votes. Will Mcduffie, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2022 Cocktails and conversations come in a distant second and talking is even prohibited at some places. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 Moore was on track to secure decisive victories in Baltimore City and Prince George’s and Baltimore counties, and to come in a distant second in Montgomery County, home to four of the top contenders. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 See More

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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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“Distant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distant. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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

Other Words from distant

distantly adverb

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