distinction

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noun dis·tinc·tion \di-ˈstiŋ(k)-shən\

Definition of distinction

  1. 1a archaic :  divisionb :  class 4 <Mr. Hemingway's … prose is of the first distinction. — Edmund Wilson>

  2. 2 :  the act of perceiving someone or something as being not the same and often treating as separate or different :  the distinguishing of a difference <without distinction as to race, sex, or religion>; also :  the difference distinguished <the distinction between imply and infer>

  3. 3 :  something that distinguishes <regional distinctions>

  4. 4 :  the quality or state of being distinguishable <no distinction of facial features in the twins>

  5. 5a :  the quality or state of being excellent or superior :  the quality or state of being distinguished or worthy <a politician of some distinction>b :  special honor or recognition <took a law degree with distinction> <won many distinctions>c :  an accomplishment that sets one apart <holds the distinction of being the only American to win the prize>

Examples of distinction in a sentence

  1. There are no obvious distinctions between the two designs.

  2. She made a distinction between the words less and fewer.

  3. He was raised in a small town of no great distinction.

  4. Her talents gave distinction to the work.

Origin and Etymology of distinction

see distinct


First Known Use: 13th century



DISTINCTION Defined for English Language Learners

distinction

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noun dis·tinc·tion \di-ˈstiŋ(k)-shən\

Definition of distinction for English Language Learners

  • : a difference that you can see, hear, smell, feel, etc. : a noticeable difference between things or people

  • : the separation of people or things into different groups

  • : importance, excellence, or achievement


DISTINCTION Defined for Kids

distinction

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noun dis·tinc·tion \di-ˈstiŋk-shən\

Definition of distinction for Students

  1. 1 :  difference 1 <the distinction between right and wrong>

  2. 2 :  the act of seeing or pointing out a difference <He made a distinction between the two words.>

  3. 3 :  great worth :  excellence <a writer of distinction>

  4. 4 :  something that makes a person or thing special or different <Our house has the distinction of being the oldest one in town.>



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