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
For young Indians in Kolkata or Bangalore, Pakistan is no longer viewed as a lost cousin but simply as a particularly bothersome distant neighbour.
The Stars had major league affiliations with the distant Oakland A's and, later, the Milwaukee Brewers - two franchises that had virtually no connection to the baseball fan base in north Alabama.
Family relationships apparently do qualify, the more distant relationships resettlement agencies have with refugees might not.
And to mark the anniversary, NASA released a new series of maps and videos to explore these distant bodies.
Nolan’s own Inception being a major one—summer blockbusters tend to be distant memories by the time Academy balloting rolls around in January.
In my distant day, however, SATs were like blood or IQ tests, exams that could not be rigged.
Sometimes an identical species was scattered across distant continents, even across vast oceans—as in the case of the Japanese flora found in eastern North America.
Distant federal policymakers inevitably try to regulate and micromanage programs under their control — a recipe for ineffectiveness.
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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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