distinct (adj.)

late 14c., "not identical, not the same," also "clearly perceptible by sense," past-participle adjective from obsolete distincten (c. 1300) "to distinguish one thing from another; make distinct," from Old French distincter, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere "to separate between, keep separate, mark off" (see distinguish). Meaning "plain and intelligible to the mind" is from c. 1600. Related: Distinctness.

updated on September 08, 2018

Definitions of distinct from WordNet

distinct (adj.)
(often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality;
a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech
plants of several distinct types
the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses
gold is distinct from iron
management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees
Synonyms: distinguishable
distinct (adj.)
easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined;
a distinct odor of turpentine
a distinct flavor
a distinct outline
the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette
distinct fingerprints
distinct (adj.)
constituting a separate entity or part;
on two distinct occasions
Synonyms: discrete
distinct (adj.)
recognizable; marked;
noticed a distinct improvement
at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage
Synonyms: decided
distinct (adj.)
clearly or sharply defined to the mind;
Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest
Synonyms: clear-cut / trenchant
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