Definition of distinct in English:

distinct

Line breaks: dis|tinct
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɪŋ(k)t
 
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adjective

  • 2Readily distinguishable by the senses: a distinct smell of nicotine
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    • Burkhard prints his own work and the end result is somewhat grainy with a distinct sense of texture.
    • We're both nonsmokers, and there was a very distinct smell of cigars about Henri Paul.
    • We arrive at the sailing club, and there's a distinct smell around.
  • 2.1 [attributive] (Used for emphasis) so clearly apparent to the mind as to be unmistakable; definite: he got the distinct impression that Melissa wasn’t best pleased
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    • I get a distinct impression that the money is important here.
    • The problem with using intent with respect to terrorism is the very distinct possibility of never determining anyone's intent.
    • A very distinct advantage to having a press pass is getting in before the general public.

Derivatives

distinctness

noun
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  • In addition, such distinctness enhances the between-group variance so essential to group selection and emergence of a higher-level unit.
  • Here strikes the distinctness for any traveller.
  • Even now ‘a sense of cultural distinctness remains politically relevant’.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'differentiated'): from Latin distinctus 'separated, distinguished', from the verb distinguere (see distinguish).

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