Definition of distinct
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 2a) <a distinct possibility of snow> <a distinct British accent> <the distinct odor of sulfur>
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.
Origin and Etymology of distinct
Middle English, from Latin distinctus, from past participle of distinguere —see distinguish
First Known Use: 14th century
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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