distinctive

adjective
dis·​tinc·​tive | \ di-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv How to pronounce distinctive (audio) \

Definition of distinctive

1a : marking as separate or different : serving to distinguish the distinctive flight of the crane
b : having or giving an uncommon and appealing quality : having or giving style or distinction a distinctive table setting a writer with a distinctive prose style
2 linguistics : capable of making a segment of utterance different in meaning as well as in sound from an otherwise identical utterance

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Other Words from distinctive

distinctively adverb
distinctiveness noun

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characteristic, individual, peculiar, distinctive mean indicating a special quality or identity. characteristic applies to something that distinguishes or identifies a person or thing or class. responded with her characteristic wit individual stresses qualities that distinguish one from all other members of the same kind or class. a highly individual writing style peculiar applies to qualities possessed only by a particular individual or class or kind and stresses rarity or uniqueness. an eccentricity that is peculiar to the British distinctive indicates qualities distinguishing and uncommon and often superior or praiseworthy. a distinctive aura of grace and elegance

Examples of distinctive in a Sentence

He had a very distinctive walk. This wine has a more distinctive flavor than that one. The store sells only the most distinctive chocolates.
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Its distinctive and enormous tail improved control and stability during high-altitude bombing. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 O'Riordan was The Cranberries' main lyricist and co-songwriter, and her powerful, sometimes wailing, voice was key to the band's distinctive sound. Fox News, "Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication," 6 Sep. 2018 The distinctive and large out-of-bounds stakes that are used the length of the hole tend to naturally force players to bail out right. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Renditions Golf Course," 1 June 2018 The Oriental Pearl Tower is the single most distinctive landmark in Shanghai. Adrienne Faurote, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Shanghai, China," 5 Apr. 2019 The most distinctive aspect of the home is its triangular shape. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mysterious House From 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Episode Up For Sale," 5 Nov. 2018 And the building is as distinctive as the art: The 15,000 square-foot white-concrete cube with a sawtooth top was designed by British architect David Chipperfield. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 After several years of slow progress, Oxford Nanopore announced that its sequencing hardware would be as distinctive as its wetware: a USB device that could fit comfortably in a person's hand. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Pocket-sized DNA reader used to scan entire human genome sequence," 30 Jan. 2018 Interestingly, the foundational Prime offering has also become the least distinctive. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Is Amazon Prime Still Worth It?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of distinctive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for distinctive

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The first known use of distinctive was in the 15th century

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distinctive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of distinctive

: having a quality or characteristic that makes a person or thing different from others : different in a way that is easy to notice
: appealing or interesting because of an unusual quality or characteristic

distinctive

adjective
dis·​tinc·​tive | \ di-ˈstiŋk-tiv How to pronounce distinctive (audio) \

Kids Definition of distinctive

1 : clearly marking a person or a thing as different from others As they got closer he … could hear Mr. Sir's distinctive bark.— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : having or giving a special look or way distinctive clothes

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distinctively adverb

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