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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Founded in 2009 by chef and barbecue fanatic Mike Wilson, who was working in Cooking Light magazine’s test kitchen at the time, each of its four restaurants (and SAW’s Street Kitchen truck) is distinct. Eric Velasco, al.com, "Meet the crew who makes Birmingham’s barbecue," 3 June 2019 Migraines differ from person to person, but the pain associated with migraines tends to be pretty distinct. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Have a Migraine," 1 Feb. 2019 Prospect takes on a distinct Western vibe from here, becoming an adventure tale filled with colorful characters, otherworldly dialects, and ample close encounters. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Sci-fi stunner Prospect values small stories in a galaxy far, far away," 2 Nov. 2018 The group's members are all immensely stylish and have served as models for numerous high-end fashion brands, with each of the women bringing her own distinct vibe to the mix. 4. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "10 Things to Know About BLACKPINK," 11 July 2018 Nike used giant terrazzo panels, tile-and-lighting installations and concrete-and-iron patterns to give its 30,000-square-foot Nike Miami store at 1035 Lincoln Road, which opened in 2017, a distinct vibe. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Lincoln Road keeps growing — and its small businesses keep closing," 25 June 2018 Then there’s Peerless’ second distinct edge in process design. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Make This Flavor-Packed Old Fashioned for Memorial Day Weekend," 24 May 2019 To kick off the launch, Gucci rolled out a lipstick collection complete with 58 shades, which are divided into 3 different lines — each with a distinct lipstick formula. Teen Vogue, "6 Teen Vogue Editors Tried Gucci Beauty’s New Lipsticks And Fell In Love," 23 May 2019 The result may leave American and Chinese businesses and investors increasingly operating in separate spheres pursuing disparate strategies and distinct trading relationships. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Slower Sailing Fracas; Managing One-Day Delivery; Building Tariff Cushions," 10 May 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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