dis·tinct | \di-ˈstiŋ(k)t \

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 \-ˈstiŋ(k)-tlē, -ˈstiŋ-klē \ adverb
distinctness \-ˈstiŋ(k)t-nəs, -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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While a growing number of companies offer cryptocurrency, including market leader Coinbase and payment service Square, Robinhood’s service is distinct because the company doesn’t charge direct commissions or trading fees. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Robinhood Adds Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin in Push to Expand Crypto," 12 July 2018 But both are also self-proclaimed nations with a sense that their history and culture are distinct. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 There are also plenty of things that make these three collections unique, original, and distinct. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Alyx Plot the Future of Menswear," 27 June 2018 But make no mistake, Schneiderman’s case is distinct. Kaylen Ralph, Glamour, "Say It With Me: Eric Schneiderman's Replacement Needs to Be a Woman," 10 May 2018 The group decided to drive from Tbilisi to the beach town of Batumi, exploring the distinct food culture of Georgia’s western region. Hannah Walhout, Smithsonian, "Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-Know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus (Recipe)," 5 July 2018 Rather than celebrating the intricate, distinct cultures in Asia, the fetishization of East Asian beauty reduces all East Asian people to a single image. Rae Chen, Teen Vogue, "How to Stop Fetishizing My Chinese Identity," 28 June 2018 But, beyond the surface, Coconuts & Collards is about the complex blend of history and agriculture that have shaped the island’s food and how Diaz found a way to blend two distinct cultures in a way that felt true to her own life. Korsha Wilson, Bon Appetit, "'It’s Puerto Rican Because I Made it'," 23 Apr. 2018 Basques have a distinct culture and an ancient language, Euskara. Washington Post, "Basque militant group ETA: ‘We really are sorry’," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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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


dis·tinct | \di-ˈstiŋkt \

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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