Definition of distinct
2 : presenting a clear unmistakable impression a neat distinct handwriting
3 archaic : notably decorated
distinctlyplay \-ˈstiŋ(k)-tlē, -ˈstiŋ-klē\ adverb
distinctnessplay \-ˈstiŋ(k)t-nəs, -ˈstiŋk-nəs\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of distinct from the Web
And casting an Indian woman in a story about the Middle East lumps two very distinct cultures together.
Beauty is evident in the divine-like images of nature in Walter Inglis Anderson's distinct watercolors, with palmettos and other trees, magnolia seed pods, cicadas, hummingbirds and a jumping frog.
Since 2009, the Shakes--who got their start playing house parties in junior high school--have been shaking radio waves with their distinct sound that was created, of course, in Alabama.
But Stock Island also has its own distinct character as an industrial area home to commercial fisherman, setting it apart from the touristy gimmicks of Key West.
So Harrier continued to model, showing up campaigns with Garnier’s skin-care division (thanks to her poreless face), Steve Madden (thanks to her infinity-legs), and Urban Outfitters (thanks to her distinct flavor of cool).
The former speakeasy played a distinct role in Kansas City history, thriving as far back as 1888.
Despite being easily grouped together because of their comparable missions to take the work out of finding workwear, each of these company tackles this very issue in a distinct way—and to varying degrees of success.
Now, a new study finds that nearly all modern horse breeds can be traced to two distinct, ancient Middle Eastern lines that were brought to Europe around 700 years ago.
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Synonym Discussion of distinct
synonyms see in addition evident
DISTINCT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distinct for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of distinct for Students
1 : different from each other distinct species
2 : easy to notice or understand a distinct odor
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