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.
Recent Examples of distant from the Web
But once again, reconstruction is a distant prospect.
But in the not-too-distant summer, astronomy aficionados will prepare for August’s American-style total solar eclipse .
Knight also sees manufacturing returning to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future — but without much of a job boost.
Similarly, an applicant’s relationship with a distant, nonblood relative in the U.S. could be considered legitimate.
Some economists think there won’t be enough jobs to go around in the not-too-distant future, as robots and artificial intelligence become increasingly capable of performing human tasks.
The interview finished a distant third in the network ratings for Sunday night.
Equal parts coming of age narrative and homage to the not-so-distant past, this story is chock full of zine pages juxtaposed with actual prose.
Even worse, many of these strivers are single transplants from distant cities, with no family members nearby to offer emotional support.
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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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