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
Recent Examples on the Web Armagnac leather highlights are accentuated by a soft light, evoking the atmosphere of a distinguished Members’ Club. Josh Max, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 If a distinguished Oxford historian can use beggar, then to my mind there is nothing pejorative about the word. Stephen Miller, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 Mark was a distinguished scholar of Spanish art, knew the Hispanic Society thoroughly, and was, overall, the preeminent mover and shaker in collaborations between American and Spanish museums. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 The Old Guard has held this distinguished duty since 1948. Fox News, 4 Oct. 2021 Cleveland, with one of the more distinguished rosters, struggled offensively Sunday vs. the Vikings, but the D only allowed 7 points. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 The award is given to a distinguished member of the legal community for contributing high ethical standards and spiritual growth in the practice of law. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 Wildenthal was also a fellow of the American Physical Society and was recognized as a visiting distinguished scientist at nine different laboratories and universities around the world. Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2021 Statewide test results from last spring showed that less than half of students scored at the proficient or distinguished levels in many Kentucky schools. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of distinguished

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for distinguished

see distinguish

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20 Oct 2021

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“Distinguished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distinguished. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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