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Meaning of distinction by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French ( 12th century ) distinction, from Latin accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo ( “I distinguish” ). Used in English from the late 14th century .


    • IPA: /dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/


    distinction ( plural: distinctions )

    1. That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination .
    2. The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination
    3. specifically, a feature that that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished .

Explanation of distinction by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a distinguishing difference

    2. he learned the distinction between gold and lead
    3. a distinguishing quality

    4. it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town
    5. a discrimination between things as different and distinct

    6. it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation
    7. high status importance owing to marked superiority

    Definition of distinction by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Distinction n. [L. distinctio: cf. F. distinction.]
      1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. [Obs.]

      The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known. Dryden.

      2. The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination.

      To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite. Hooker.

      3. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, “the distinction between real and apparent good”.

      The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter. Locke.

      4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.

      Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall. Dryden.

      5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, “a man of distinction”.

      Your country's own means of distinction and defense. D. Webster.

      Syn. -- Difference; variation, variety; contrast; diversity; contrariety; disagreement; discrimination; preference; superiority; rank; note; eminence.