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1. Characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent: distinguished scientists.
2. Dignified in conduct or appearance: a distinguished gentleman.


1. noble or dignified in appearance or behaviour
2. eminent; famous; celebrated


(dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃt)

1. made conspicuous by excellence; eminent; famous.
2. having an air of distinction or dignity.
3. conspicuous; marked.
dis•tin′guished•ly, adv.


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.distinguished - (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation; "our distinguished professor"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.distinguished - used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person; "his distinguished bearing"; "the monarch's imposing presence"; "she reigned in magisterial beauty"
dignified - having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"



بارِز، شَهير


A. ADJ [guest, appearance, career] → distinguido; [professor, scholar, writer] → distinguido, eminente
he retired after 25 years of distinguished servicese retiró tras 25 años de distinguido servicio
to look distinguishedtener un aspecto distinguido
B. CPD distinguished service professor N (US) (Univ) profesor de universidad Americana que ocupa una cátedra de prestigio


[dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃt] adj (= eminent) [person] → distingué(e); [career] → remarquable, brillant(e)


(= eminent) guest, professorangesehen; scholar, writernamhaft, angesehen; careerglänzend; historyruhmreich; distinguished serviceverdienstvolle Laufbahn; (Mil) → Dienst mmit Auszeichnung; the distinguished company of …die hervorragende Gesellschaft (+gen); to be distinguished for somethingsich durch etw auszeichnen
(= refined) person, appearancedistinguiert (geh); to look distinguisheddistinguiert (geh)or vornehm aussehen


[dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃt] adj (eminent, pianist, writer) → eminente, noto/a; (scholar) → insigne; (career) → brillante; (refined) → distinto/a, signorile


(diˈstiŋgwiʃ) verb
1. (often with from) to mark as different. What distinguishes this café from all the others?
2. to identify or make out. He could just distinguish the figure of a man running away.
3. (sometimes with between) to recognize a difference. I can't distinguish (between) the two types – they both look the same to me.
4. to make (oneself) noticed through one's achievements. He distinguished himself at school by winning a prize in every subject.
diˈstinguishable adjective
diˈstinguished adjective
famous or outstanding. a distinguished scientist.


a. [person] distinguido-a; [characteristics] señalado-a, marcado-a.
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A distinguished personage happened to visit the school that morning, and Amy's beautifully drawn maps received praise, which honor to her foe rankled in the soul of Miss Snow, and caused Miss March to assume the airs of a studious young peacock.
Genevieve Whitney was the only daughter of a distinguished man.
A characteristic which distinguished them and which impressed Mrs.
Accident, or one of those unaccountable freaks which nature sometimes plays in the animal world, gave rise to a breed of horses which were once well known in America, and distinguished by their habit of pacing.
Thus we behold Kentucke, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent.
Higginson enumerates, among the many felicities of his distinguished parishioner's earthly career, the happy seasonableness of his death.
A soldier -- New England's most distinguished soldier -- he stood firmly on the pedestal of his gallant services; and, himself secure in the wise liberality of the successive administrations through which he had held office, he had been the safety of his subordinates in many an hour of danger and heart-quake General Miller was radically conservative; a man over whose kindly nature habit had no slight influence; attaching himself strongly to familiar faces, and with difficulty moved to change, even when change might have brought unquestionable improvement.
In cold weather he was distinguished by a fur cap, surmounted with a flaunting fox's tail; and when the folks at a country gathering descried this well-known crest at a distance, whisking about among a squad of hard riders, they always stood by for a squall.
The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home, and there immediately appeared at the door, with a little girl in her hand, a civil person who dropped me as decent a curtsy as if I had been the mistress or a distinguished visitor.
Now when a country dandy like this takes it into his head to make a distinguished reputation, and joins the great whale-fishery, you should see the comical things he does upon reaching the seaport.
Besides her hoisted boats, an American whaler is outwardly distinguished by her try-works.
And then on the morrow the newspapers would have a chance to report the tremendous ovation, and to add that it had been no "silk-stocking" audience, either, proving clearly that the high tariff sentiments of the distinguished candidate were pleasing to the wage-earners of the nation.

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