dis·​tin·​guished | \ di-ˈstiŋ-(g)wisht How to pronounce distinguished (audio) \

Definition of distinguished

1 : marked by eminence, distinction (see distinction sense 4), or excellence distinguished leadership our distinguished guest
2 : befitting an eminent person a distinguished setting

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famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known. a famous actress renowned implies more glory and acclamation. one of the most renowned figures in sports history celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print. the most celebrated beauty of her day noted suggests well-deserved public attention. the noted mystery writer notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil. a notorious gangster distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority. a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character. the country's most eminent writers illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person. illustrious war heroes

Examples of distinguished in a Sentence

She is distinguished for her achievements in genetic research. heads turned as the well-dressed, distinguished couple strode through the hotel lobby

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After a long and distinguished run, Counter Intelligence, our weekly newsletter that rounded up the best of our Food section, has entered a new chapter. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "6 great pizza places in Los Angeles," 13 July 2019 For decades, Peter Dalglish, 62, held a distinguished reputation as one of Canada’s most esteemed and accomplished humanitarians devoted to the wellbeing of poor children. Fox News, "Former Canadian UN worker and renowned humanitarian sentenced in Nepal for raping boys," 10 July 2019 Hamilton Southeastern Schools were named a Title III distinguished district by the state for its successful English learners program. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Four major summer construction projects are underway at schools in Carmel, Fishers and Westfield," 8 July 2019 In March of 2007 Tom was promoted to the distinguished position of Extension Agent Emeritus with the University of Florida upon his retirement after 36 years of service. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Easter lily bulbs can be left in container or transplanted," 29 June 2019 Friend, a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, enjoyed a distinguished 28-year military career. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airman Who Flew in 142 Combat Missions, Dies at 99," 26 June 2019 Michael P Murphy, a Navy Seal and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his distinguished acts of valor during the war in Afghanistan. Lt. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This Is What Luke Parker's Been Up To in His Post-'Bachelorette' Life," 24 June 2019 Jack pursued a career in radio and Charlotte went on to become a distinguished interior designer and unstoppable advocate for the arts. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019 This has unquestionably been a distinguished enterprise, even without Aegean invaders. G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Pirates of Palestine?," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of distinguished

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for distinguished

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The first known use of distinguished was in 1714

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English Language Learners Definition of distinguished

: known by many people because of some quality or achievement
: making someone seem important and worth respect


dis·​tin·​guished | \ di-ˈstiŋ-gwisht How to pronounce distinguished (audio) \

Kids Definition of distinguished

: widely known and admired a distinguished scientist

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