Definition of distinction
3 : something that distinguishes <regional distinctions>
4 : the quality or state of being distinguishable <no distinction of facial features in the twins>
5 a : 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 <the distinction of being the oldest to win the title>
Examples of distinction in a sentence
There are no obvious distinctions between the two designs.
She made a distinction between the words “less” and “fewer.”
He was raised in a small town of no great distinction.
Her talents gave distinction to the work.
First Known Use of distinction
DISTINCTION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of distinction for Students
1 : difference 1 <the distinction between right and wrong>
2 : the act of seeing or pointing out a difference <He made a distinction between the two words.>
3 : great worth : excellence <a writer of distinction>
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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