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1. Readily distinguishable from all others; discrete: on two distinct occasions.
2. Easily perceived by the senses: a distinct flavor.
3. Clearly defined; unquestionable: at a distinct disadvantage.

[Middle English, past participle of distincten, to distinguish, discern, from Old French destincter, from Latin distīnctus, past participle of distinguere, to distinguish; see distinguish.]

dis·tinct′ly adv.
dis·tinct′ness n.
Synonyms: distinct, discrete, separate, several
These adjectives mean distinguished from others in nature or qualities: six distinct colors; a company with six discrete divisions; a problem with two separate issues; executed several steps of the process. See Also Synonyms at apparent.
Usage Note: A thing is distinct if it is sharply distinguished from other things; a property or attribute is distinctive if it enables us to distinguish one thing from another. There are two distinct colors on the face of the Canada goose means that the two colors are clearly different from each other, while There are two distinctive colors on the face of the Canada goose means that the two colors are different from colors found on the faces of other birds, and the Canada goose may be identified by these two colors.


1. easily sensed or understood; clear; precise
2. (when postpositive, foll by from) not the same (as); separate (from); distinguished (from)
3. not alike; different
4. sharp; clear
5. recognizable; definite: a distinct improvement.
6. explicit; unequivocal
7. (Mathematics) maths logic (of a pair of entities) not identical
8. (Botany) botany (of parts of a plant) not joined together; separate
[C14: from Latin distinctus, from distinguere to distinguish]
disˈtinctly adv
disˈtinctness n



1. distinguished as not being the same; separate.
2. different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes fol. by from): Gold is distinct from iron.
3. clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable: a distinct shape.
4. unquestionably notable: a distinct honor.
5. Archaic. distinctively decorated.
[1350–1400; < Latin distinctus, past participle of disting(u)ere to divide off, pick out, distinguish (di- di-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick, mark by pricking.]
dis•tinct′ly, adv.
dis•tinct′ness, n.
syn: See various.


1. 'distinct'

If one thing is distinct from another, there is an important difference between them.

Our interests were quite distinct from those of the workers.
...a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech.

You describe something as distinct when it is clear and definite.

I have the distinct feeling that my friend did not realize what was happening.
A distinct improvement had come about in their social outlook.
2. 'distinctive'

You use distinctive to describe things which have a special quality that makes them easy to recognize.

Irene had a very distinctive voice.
3. 'distinguished'

A distinguished person is very successful, famous, or important.

His grandfather had been a distinguished professor at the University.
Now, clean and tidily dressed, we stood watching the first distinguished visitors come trickling in.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distinct - (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality; "plants of several distinct types"; "the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses"; "gold is distinct from iron"; "a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech"; "management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees"
different - unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one"
2.distinct - easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined; "a distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct fingerprints"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"
definite - precise; explicit and clearly defined; "I want a definite answer"; "a definite statement of the terms of the will"; "a definite amount"; "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"; "the wedding date is now definite"; "a definite drop in attendance"
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
indistinct - not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"
3.distinct - constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions"
separate - independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
4.distinct - recognizable; marked; "noticed a distinct improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage"
definite - precise; explicit and clearly defined; "I want a definite answer"; "a definite statement of the terms of the will"; "a definite amount"; "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"; "the wedding date is now definite"; "a definite drop in attendance"
5.distinct - clearly or sharply defined to the minddistinct - clearly or sharply defined to the mind; "clear-cut evidence of tampering"; "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest"; "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"


1. different, individual, separate, disconnected, discrete, dissimilar, unconnected, unattached The book is divided into two distinct parts.
different similar, connected, identical, indistinct
2. striking, sharp, dramatic, stunning (informal), outstanding, bold, noticeable, well-defined to impart a distinct flavour with a minimum of cooking fat


1. Distinguished from others by nature or qualities:
4. Clearly defined; not ambiguous:
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[dɪsˈtɪŋkt] ADJ
1. (= different) [types, species, groups] → diferente, distinto
the book is divided into two distinct partsel libro está dividido en dos partes bien diferenciadas
distinct fromdiferente a, distinto a
engineering and technology are disciplines quite distinct from one anotherla ingeniería y la tecnología son disciplinas muy diferentes or distintas
as distinct froma diferencia de
2. (= clear, definite) [shape, memory] → claro, definido; [image, sound] → claro, nítido; [increase, rise, fall] → marcado; [advantage, disadvantage] → claro, obvio; [possibility, improvement] → claro; [lack] → evidente; [flavour] → inconfundible
we noticed a distinct change in her attitudenotamos un claro cambio en su actitud
he had the distinct feeling that they were laughing at himtuvo la clara sensación de que se estaban riendo de él
I got the distinct impression thattuve la clara impresión de que ...
there is a distinct possibility thatexiste una clara posibilidad de que ... + subjun
there are distinct signs of progressexisten señales evidentes or inconfundibles de progreso


[dɪˈstɪŋkt] adj
(= separate, different) → distinct(e)
to be distinct from sth → être distinct(e) de qch
as distinct from → par opposition à, en contraste avec
(= definite, marked) [advantage, improvement, lack] → net(te); [preference, progress, change] → marqué(e); [possibility] → réel(le); [smell] → fort(e) before n; [taste] → prononcé(e)
(= clearly visible) [shape, outline] → distinct(e)


(= different) parts, groups, types, areas, phasesverschieden, unterschiedlich; distinct fromanders als; to be distinct from somethingsich von etw unterscheiden; disciplines distinct from one anothervoneinander getrennte Disziplinen; to keep A distinct from BA und B auseinanderhalten or voneinander trennen; as distinct fromim Unterschied zu; what he thinks, as distinct from what he sayswas er denkt, im Unterschied dazu, was er sagt
(= definite) sign, change, memory, lack, improvementdeutlich; flavourbestimmt; image, soundklar, deutlich; to have distinct memories of somebody/somethingsich deutlich an jdn/etw erinnern; to get the distinct idea or impression that …den deutlichen Eindruck bekommen, dass …; to have the distinct feeling that …das bestimmte Gefühl haben, dass …; to have a distinct advantage (over somebody)(jdm gegenüber) klar or deutlich im Vorteil sein; there is a distinct possibility that …es besteht eindeutig die Möglichkeit, dass …; a distinct personalityeine ausgeprägte Persönlichkeit


[dɪsˈtɪŋkt] adj
a. (different, species, type) distinct (from)diverso/a (da), distinto/a (da)
as distinct from → a differenza di
b. (clear, sound, shape) → chiaro/a, distinto/a; (unmistakable, increase, change) → palese, netto/a; (definite, preference, progress, feeling) → definito/a


(diˈstiŋkt) adjective
1. easily seen, heard or noticed. There are distinct differences between the two; Her voice is very distinct.
2. separate or different. Those two birds are quite distinct – you couldn't confuse them.
diˈstinctly adverb
He pronounces his words very distinctly; I distinctly heard him tell you to wait!
diˈstinctness noun
diˈstinction (-ʃən) noun
1. (the making of) a difference. He makes no distinction between male and female employees with regard to pay.
2. a grade awarded that indicates outstanding ability or achievement. She passed her exams with distinction.
diˈstinctive (-tiv) adjective
different and easily identified. I recognized her from a long way off – she has a very distinctive walk!
diˈstinctively adverb


a. diferente; definido-a;
adv. definidamente; con diferencia, con precisión.
References in classic literature ?
Before the spring was over, there was a distinct coldness between us and the Shimerdas.
She could gather nothing from them but the feeling of a distinct necessity to quit her home in the morning.
Whatever may be the truth, as respects the root and the genius of the Indian tongues, it is quite certain they are now so distinct in their words as to possess most of the disadvantages of strange languages; hence much of the embarrassment that has arisen in learning their histories, and most of the uncertainty which exists in their traditions.
These feathered people had existed too long in their distinct variety; a fact of which the present representatives, judging by their lugubrious deportment, seemed to be aware.
Therefore, first allowing her to pass, they pursued her at a distance with shrill cries, and the utterances of a word that had no distinct purport to their own minds, but was none the less terrible to her, as proceeding from lips that babbled it unconsciously.
This, at all events, was for the time: a time so full that, as I recall the way it went, it reminds me of all the art I now need to make it a little distinct.
But high above the flying scud and dark-rolling clouds, there floated a little isle of sunlight, from which beamed forth an angel's face; and this bright face shed a distinct spot of radiance upon the ship's tossed deck, something like that silver plate now inserted into the Victory's plank where Nelson fell.
The whale, therefore, must see one distinct picture on this side, and another distinct picture on that side; while all between must be profound darkness and nothingness to him.
Her theological tenets were all made up, labelled in most positive and distinct forms, and put by, like the bundles in her patch trunk; there were just so many of them, and there were never to be any more.
I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only; that they did not greatly propose to do right; that they were a distinct race from me by their prejudices and superstitions, as the Chinamen and Malays are that in their sacrifices to humanity they ran no risks, not even to their property; that after all they were not so noble but they treated the thief as he had treated them, and hoped, by a certain outward observance and a few prayers, and by walking in a particular straight through useless path from time to time, to save their souls.
In- deed, some were there for no distinct offense at all, but only to gratify somebody's spite; and not always the queen's by any means, but a friend's.
A month before, this mountain had been only a name to us, but latterly we had been moving through a steadily thickening double row of pictures of it, done in oil, water, chromo, wood, steel, copper, crayon, and photography, and so it had at length become a shape to us--and a very distinct, decided, and familiar one, too.