Definition of distinct in English:


Syllabification: dis·tinct
Pronunciation: /disˈtiNGkt


  • 1Recognizably different in nature from something else of a similar type: the patterns of spoken language are distinct from those of writing there are two distinct types of sickle cell disease
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    • This should be recognized as distinct from suppressing emotion.
    • Thus the nature of plants is quite distinct from the nature of rocks and sand.
    • There are different types of arthritis that occur in children that are distinct from adult types.
    clear, well-defined, unmistakable, easily distinguishable; recognizable, visible, obvious, pronounced, prominent, striking
  • 1.1Physically separate: the gallery is divided into five distinct spaces
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    • This remained physically and functionally distinct and probably remained a separate planning unit.
    • These are two separate, proudly distinct States, and yet both part of what we are happy to call the Union of India.
    • Even in cosmopolitan Warsaw, Jews and Poles inhabited not only separate districts, but distinct worlds.
    discrete, separate, different, unconnected; precise, specific, distinctive, individual, contrasting
  • 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 as to be unmistakable; definite: he got the distinct impression that Melissa wasn’t 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.



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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’.


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

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