- 1Far away in space or time: distant parts of the world I remember that distant afternoonMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [predic.] (After a measurement) at a specified distance: the star is 30,000 light years distant from Earth the town lay half a mile distantMore example sentences
- 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 dogMore example sentences
- 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 acquaintanceMore example sentences
remote, indirect, slight
- 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.
- 1.4 [attributive] (Of a person) not closely related: a distant cousin of the KingMore example sentences
- 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 otherMore example sentences
aloof, reserved, remote, detached, unapproachable, stand-offish, keeping people at arm's length; withdrawn, restrained, reticent, taciturn, uncommunicative, undemonstrative, unforthcoming; cool, cold, frigid, chilly, icy, frosty; formal, stiff, stuffy, ceremonious, unresponsive, unfriendly, haughty, forbidding, austere
- 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.
- 2.1Not paying attention; remote: a distant look in his eyesMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin distant- 'standing apart', from the verb distare, from dis- 'apart' + stare 'stand'.