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 But for democracy to live up to its potential in society at large, the realms of the polity and the economy must remain distinct and in constructive tension. Christopher Mackin, The New Republic, "Toward an Economic Democracy," 25 Mar. 2020 This headset has a frequency response range of 10Hz up to 40,000Hz (the average usually goes up to 20,000Hz): This incredible range brings more distinct and crisp sound for a more realistic experience. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Gaming Headsets to Bring Virtual Worlds to Life," 16 Mar. 2020 Doesn’t that show CAT and the removal order are separate and distinct decisions? Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Neil Gorsuch is gunning for most irreverent Supreme Court justice," 3 Mar. 2020 On its own, walleye is a very mild flaky white fish with no real distinct flavor. Jamie Carlson, Outdoor Life, "5 Walleye Recipes That Don’t Involve Frying," 12 Feb. 2020 His work with the President is separate and distinct and is not connected with his work as Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. Michael Biesecker, Fortune, "Charities steered $65 million to Trump lawyer Sekulow and family," 31 Jan. 2020 But don’t be fooled, aprés-ski north of the 49th parallel has a distinct flavor unto itself. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "An International Guide to the World of Aprés-Ski," 9 Jan. 2020 There’s no question that these are distinct and multifactorial diagnoses. Elizabeth Métraux, STAT, "Health care providers are unrecognized victims of mass killings. We’re doing little to support them," 3 Jan. 2020 The key lime pie had just the right mix of sweet and tart, while the Rumchata cheesecake was very good at capturing the distinct liqueur flavor in the cheesecake and whipped cream. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Review: No mutinies over the food at this Elkridge pirate bar," 28 Oct. 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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3 Apr 2020

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“Distinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distinct. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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