distinct

adjective
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 \ -​ˈstiŋ(k)-​tlē How to pronounce distinctly (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​klē \ adverb
distinctness \ -​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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As anyone who follows the royal family's fashion sense even a little knows, Princess Charlotte also has a very distinct style. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Princess Charlotte Always Wears Dresses," 4 Aug. 2018 The racial divide between those serving customers and employees in more menial jobs such as cleaning and washing dishes is very distinct, reflecting the dynamics of New York restaurants in 2006. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Starz's 'Sweetbitter' is an introduction to life's flavors," 25 May 2018 The Good Fight is putting up a very distinct kind of fight this year. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "How 'The Good Fight' became the most explicitly anti-Trump TV series," 24 May 2018 Is a place competing only on price and otherwise not terribly distinct? Jim Troha, Washington Post, "Value matters in choosing a college. But not just the price kind.," 13 July 2018 The demands of the Panthers were not so distinct from the demands of Dr. King by the end of his life. Holly Genovese, Teen Vogue, "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Panther Party Shared Many of the Same Ideologies," 4 Apr. 2018 This was the power of Telltale’s unique and distinct take on interactive storytelling. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How The Walking Dead studio changed video game storytelling for the better," 24 Sep. 2018 Both nations have, in different and distinct ways, developed official cultures of multiculturalism — a celebration and accommodation of racial differences, rather than an erasure of them — as a means of trying to reconcile racial tensions. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trevor Noah’s feud with France over race, identity, and Africa — explained," 19 July 2018 Timing is everything, of course, and the 2018 Eclipse Cross is a different and distinct offering at a time when motorists are stepping up for these sit-high small SUVs over traditional sedans. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018

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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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distinct

adjective

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

distinct

adjective
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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