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 \ 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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Survival behaviors, though, are distinct from emotional responses. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The History of Opium, Facing Up to Quantum Mechanics and Other New Science Books," 13 Sep. 2019 Many protesters seek full autonomy or even independence for the enclave, whose 7.2 million people are linguistically and culturally distinct from mainland Chinese. Time Staff, Time, "Students Boycott Classes on the First Day of the School Year in Hong Kong's Latest Democracy Protest," 2 Sep. 2019 Quickly creating a distinct and likable identity is crucial to drawing and keeping viewers. Los Angeles Times, "Urban Meyer and Reggie Bush helping Fox build dream team for its college football show," 28 Aug. 2019 In complex ways, solidarity is related to, but distinct from, identity. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 In Congress, a bipartisan bill, supported by the ISA industry, would seek to regulate them as a unique category, distinct from student loans, setting guardrails on certain terms like caps on total payments and a minimum income threshold. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt," 26 Aug. 2019 From teeth of these plague victims, scientists have pieced together a family tree of Y. pestis, discovering that the strain from the Justinian Plague was related to, but distinct from, other strains of the plague. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Plague, explained," 20 Aug. 2019 Today, white wine is king, as Alsace specializes in dry Riesling and Gewürztraminer (distinct from the sickly sweetness usually associated with these styles) along its famed Route des Vins d’Alsace. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 From sleepers to sectionals, mid-century to modern styles, customers can shop more than 600 distinct and personalized options, all at The Inside’s irresistibly reasonable prices. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside’s First-Ever Sofa Collection is a Pattern-Punched Dreamland," 5 Aug. 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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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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