- distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from): His private and public lives are distinct.
- different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from): Gold is distinct from iron.
- clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable: The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.
- distinguishing or perceiving clearly: distinct vision.
- unquestionably exceptional or notable: a distinct honor.
- Archaic. distinctively decorated or adorned.
- easily sensed or understood; clear; precise
- (when postpositive, foll by from) not the same (as); separate (from); distinguished (from)
- not alike; different
- sharp; clear
- recognizable; definitea distinct improvement
- explicit; unequivocal
- maths logic (of a pair of entities) not identical
- botany (of parts of a plant) not joined together; separate
late 14c., originally past participle of distincten (c.1300) “to distinguish,” from Old French distincter, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere (see distinguish). Related: Distinctness.