• IPA: /dɪsˈtɪŋkt/


  1. Capable of being perceived very clearly.
    Her voice was distinct despite the heavy traffic.
  2. Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from").
    Horses are distinct from zebras.
  3. Noticeably different from others; distinctive.
    Olga's voice is quite distinct because of her accent.
  4. Separate in place; not conjunct or united; with from.
    • The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct.
  5. (obsolete) Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
  6. (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
    • The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.
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