distinct Definition

  • 1recognizably different in nature from something else of a similar type
  • 2clearly perceived or marked off
  • 3unmistakable; definite

Using distinct: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "distinct" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The two concepts are quite distinct from each other.

  • Example

    Her voice was distinct and recognizable.

  • Example

    There was a distinct smell of gas in the room.

distinct Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with distinct

  • to recognize that there is a difference between two things


    It's important to make a distinction between fact and opinion.

  • a strong likelihood that something will happen


    There's a distinct possibility that it will rain tomorrow.

  • a characteristic that makes something easily recognizable


    The distinctive feature of the building is its unusual shape.

Origins of distinct

from Latin 'distinctus', meaning 'separated'


Summary: distinct in Brief

The term 'distinct' [dɪˈstɪŋkt] refers to something that is clearly different from something else, unmistakable, and clearly perceived. It can be used to describe concepts, smells, and voices. Phrases like 'make a distinction' and 'distinct possibility' are common. 'Distinct' is a formal way to describe something that is unique.

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