distinguished Definition

  • 1successful, authoritative, and commanding great respect
  • 2having an air of distinction, dignity, or eminence
  • 3noticeably different from others; distinctive

Using distinguished: Examples

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

  • Example

    He is a distinguished professor at the university.

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    The ambassador was greeted by a distinguished audience.

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    She wore a distinguished outfit to the party.

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    The building had a distinguished architecture.

distinguished Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for distinguished

Phrases with distinguished

  • outstanding or meritorious service, often in the military or public service


    He was awarded a medal for his distinguished service in the army.

  • a person who is given special treatment or recognition because of their high status or achievements


    The hotel prepared a special suite for the distinguished guest.

  • a long and successful career marked by notable achievements and recognition


    She had a distinguished career as a scientist, winning numerous awards and honors.

Origins of distinguished

from Latin 'distinguere', meaning 'to separate'


Summary: distinguished in Brief

The term 'distinguished' [dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt] refers to someone or something that commands great respect, is noticeably different from others, or has an air of distinction. It can describe people, such as 'He is a distinguished professor,' or things, such as 'The building had a distinguished architecture.' The phrase 'distinguished service' denotes outstanding service, while 'distinguished career' refers to a long and successful career marked by notable achievements.

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