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distant Line breaks: dis|tant
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪst(ə)nt/

Definition of distant in English:


1Far away in space or time: distant parts of the world I remember that distant afternoon
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  • And many of the photo studios used the backs of the photos as advertising space for a mysteriously distant Philadelphia.
  • Images of those back home remit to the audience the common connectivity among populations distant in space and culture.
  • These responses are tempting because they yield immediate gains, while their costs are distant in time and space, uncertain, and hard to detect.
remote, out of the way, outlying, abroad, far-flung, obscure;
long ago, bygone;
ancient, prehistoric, antediluvian, immemorial
literary olden, of yore
away, off, apart, separated
1.1 [predicative] (After a measurement) at a specified distance: the star is 30,000 light years distant from Earth the town lay half a mile distant
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  • Croglin Low Hall is probably the house indicated, but it is at least a mile distant from the church, which has been rebuilt.
  • It may be worth noting that I'm watching the game on my computer roughly half a mile distant from the stadium.
  • Yet it is light years distant from Indonesia's troubles in the eyes of multinational companies and foreign portfolio managers.
1.2(Of a sound) faint because far away: the distant bark of some farm dog
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  • His voice sounded like the distant boom of thunder.
  • Suddenly all heads turned as the sound of a distant roar echoed over the plains.
  • The dragon roared again, a sound like distant thunder, and opened its mouth as if to swallow her.
1.3Remote or far apart in resemblance or relationship: a distant acquaintance
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  • He said the errors may have been a function of the ‘loose and in some ways distant relationship he's been allowed to have with Today’.
  • We might have a distant relationship, but I don't wish her badly.
  • He has emerged from a period of unease about your and Julia's brief and palaeolithically distant college relationship to become a trusted friend.
remote, indirect, slight
1.4 [attributive] (Of a person) not closely related: a distant cousin of the King
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  • Even if you counted distant third cousins, our ancestors might have been exposed to a grand total of 500 people in their lifetime.
  • ‘I met a distant cousin at one of these fairs,’ said a lady.
  • The cousins were distant (what we call in Scotland ‘out-cousins’) and monied and rather flash.
2(Of a person) not intimate; cool or reserved: his children found him strangely distant she and my father were distant with each other
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  • He was distant with his daughter and didn't even bother to attend her wedding.
  • But something seemed to have changed between them, and now they were distant with each other.
  • He was so distant and reserved now, but I had no idea how he had been before.
aloof, reserved, remote, detached, unapproachable, stand-offish, keeping people at arm's length;
cool, cold, frigid, chilly, icy, frosty;
formal, stiff, stuffy, ceremonious, unresponsive, unfriendly, haughty, forbidding, austere, mean-looking
2.1Not paying attention; remote: a distant look in his eyes
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  • Now his attention was on the distant mental strings of summoning power he wielded.
  • He thought a moment and then nodded, but a distant look had overtaken his eyes.
  • ‘It's so distant and remote, they thought nobody would ever find it,’ says county sheriff Ronnie Oakes.
distracted, absent-minded, absent, faraway, detached, distrait, vague


Late Middle English: from Latin distant- 'standing apart', from the verb distare, from dis- 'apart' + stare 'stand'.

Words that rhyme with distant

assistant, coexistent, consistent, equidistant, existent, insistent, persistent, resistant, subsistent, water-resistant
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