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 distinct (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​klē \ adverb
distinctness \ di-​ˈstiŋ(k)t-​nəs How to pronounce distinct (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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Recent Examples on the Web By and large, though, each fight is distinct to the landscape and gods involved, from the God of Earthquakes (Danny Trejo) rumbling a rocky terrain to a motley crew of trickster gods alternating punches with disorienting illusions. Caroline Framke, Variety, 22 Oct. 2021 Google has given them cutesy color names, like Kinda Coral and Sorta Seafoam, but the multicolor design with the horizontal black camera bar is distinct and elegant. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 As boundaries go, the dividing line between blue California and its orange-and-black counterpart is less distinct than the Mason-Dixon line or the 38th parallel. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 How is Lordean rage distinct from other types of anger? Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021 Frontman Richard Butler's heavily accented vocals are still distinct and dramatic. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2021 Historically, the market has supported two distinct business models. Jason Goldberg, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Toyota's Prius lineup in the U.S. used to include several distinct models but has now shrunk to include just the standard Prius and the Prius Prime plug-in-hybrid. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 21 July 2021

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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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The first known use of distinct was in the 14th century

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“Distinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distinct. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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