dis·​tinct | \ di-ˈstiŋ(k)t How to pronounce distinct (audio) \

Definition of distinct

1 : distinguishable to the eye or mind as being discrete (see discrete sense 1) or not the same : separate a distinct cultural group teaching as distinct from research
2 : presenting a clear unmistakable impression a neat distinct handwriting
3 archaic : notably decorated
4a : notable a distinct contribution to scholarship
b : readily and unmistakably apprehended (see apprehend sense 2a) a distinct possibility of snow a distinct British accent the distinct odor of sulfur

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Other Words from distinct

distinctly \ di-​ˈstiŋ(k)-​tlē How to pronounce distinctly (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​klē \ adverb
distinctness \ di-​ˈstiŋ(k)t-​nəs How to pronounce distinctness (audio) , -​ˈstiŋk-​nəs \ noun

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distinct, separate, discrete mean not being each and every one the same. distinct indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others. two distinct versions separate often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things. separate rooms discrete strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection. broke the job down into discrete stages

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Examples of distinct in a Sentence

There are three distinct categories. Each herb has its own distinct flavor. The phrase has three distinct meanings. There was the distinct smell of something burning. The outline became less and less distinct as the light faded. We had the distinct impression that they were lying.
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Recent Examples on the Web Its viewership has transformed into multiple distinct, but parallel subcultures, from Long Island small business tyrants to suburban wine moms to ironic online leftists. Julia Gray, Washington Post, "At the first-ever SopranosCon, meet the fans who never stopped believin’," 7 Dec. 2019 The magazine’s point-of-view is distinct, even wacky. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon," 4 Dec. 2019 And that’s where the story really begins. * * * The Jewish people had always remained distinct, never having been fully assimilated into any of the civilizations that exercised domination over them: the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Romans, etc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "This Pilgrim Republic," 28 Nov. 2019 Much like My Mix, My Video Mix will provide up to eight distinct, curated playlists, which Tidal says will be refreshed based on how often the streaming service is used. Micah Singleton, Billboard, "Tidal Launches 'My Video Mix' Personalized Playlist," 26 Nov. 2019 Northern fur seals are distinct from harbor, ringed, bearded, ribbon and spotted seals in Alaska, which have no ear flaps. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive in an unlikely spot," 4 Oct. 2019 Yet that’s exactly what India’s government did this week, meaning the prospect of a third war has become a distinct — yet still relatively low — possibility. Alex Ward, Vox, "Pakistan cuts off diplomatic and economic ties to India over Kashmir power grab," 8 Aug. 2019 Even as Boom retains our brand promise of a niche (distinct) flavour, in terms of pricing, the product is closely aligned with other mass-market beer brands. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "The makers of Indian craft beer Bira 91 find a real high in a cheaper, stronger brew," 23 July 2019 The first coins to use Mimblewimble—distinct efforts called Grin and Beam—both launched in January. Wired, "Even Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrencies Can Spill Your Secrets," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of distinct

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for distinct

Middle English, from Latin distinctus, from past participle of distinguere — see distinguish

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The first known use of distinct was in the 14th century

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12 Dec 2019

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“Distinct.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distinct. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of distinct

: different in a way that you can see, hear, smell, feel, etc. : noticeably different
: easy to see, hear, smell, feel, etc.
: strong and definite


dis·​tinct | \ di-ˈstiŋkt How to pronounce distinct (audio) \

Kids Definition of distinct

1 : different from each other distinct species
2 : easy to notice or understand a distinct odor

Other Words from distinct

distinctly adverb

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