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American English: /dəˈstɪŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/
British English: /dɪˈstɪŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/

Translation of distinction in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable (difference) you shouldn't make a distinction between them
    no deberías hacer distinciones entre ellos
    we must make or draw a distinction between …
    debemos distinguir entre …
    Example sentences
    • The most noticeable distinction (apart from various details of the skeleton) are the more forward position of the eyes.
    • In this debate, crucial distinctions are too often blurred.
    • The United States recently earned the dubious distinction of having the highest incarceration rate in the world.
    1.2 uncountable (act of differentiating) without distinction of race or creed
    Example sentences
    • Why draw arbitrary lines of distinction and value in different spheres of work?
    • So long as we agree about the marking, it is of no great consequence where we draw the line between pass and failure, or between the different levels of distinction.
    • As the man assembles without distinction samples from different areas, each track feeds on combined atmospheres.
  • 2 2.1 uncountable (merit, excellence) a writer of distinction
    un distinguido or destacado escritor
    a novel of distinction
    una destacada novela
    a car/watch of distinction
    un coche/reloj de categoría
    he served with distinction
    se distinguió en el servicio
    2.2 uncountable (distinguished appearance) he has an air of distinction
    tiene un aire distinguido or de distinción
    Example sentences
    • Today Châteauneuf remains in good standing, crafting some excellent wines of real distinction and merit.
    • They act as a showcase for the farming sector and they have fulfilled that role with flair and distinction for many years.
    • The Supreme Court, in other words, has seldom been a showcase of intellectual distinction.
    2.3 countable and uncountable (mark of recognition) she has won distinction in the field of genetics
    se ha distinguido en el campo de la genética
    Example sentences
    • Should we now admit who we are and have our merits and distinctions and even honours awards taken away?
    • This was the first year the school had the Leaving Cert Applied option and many pupils were awarded merits and distinctions.
    • She was awarded two distinctions, one for Pianoforte Playing and one for getting 100% in Theory and Harmony.
    2.4 uncountable and countable (British) (School, University)
    mención (feminine) especial
    Example sentences
    • University admissions requirements will vary from institution to institution, but are likely to expect either a merit or a distinction grade.
    • Our other two applicants for higher grade distinctions were not so lucky on this attempt, but better luck next time lads.
    • Her music went from strength to strength and she achieved Grade 8 distinctions in both singing and piano.
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