Definitions of distinction

  1. a distinguishing difference; "he learned the distinction between gold and lead" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Difference; separateness; state of deserving special honor; eminence; fame. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Separation or division: that which distinguishes: difference: eminence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A distinguishing mark or quality; a mark of honor; eminence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The act of distinguishing; discrimination. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The act of separating or distinguishing; a note or mark of difference; the distinguishing quality; difference regarded; discrimination; judgment; division; elevation of rank or of character; that which confers eminence of superiority; office, rank, or public favour. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Difference made by which one thing is known from another; separation into parts; division; mark of difference or superiority; elevation of rank or character; eminence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for distinction

  1. The shadow which once clouded your life has long ago vanished; you are heart and soul a soldier; you receive distinction at every opportunity; an important position is assured you in the near future; and, what is best- you have kept your son. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  2. " Well, that's something so," said Whitwell, with pleasure in the distinction rather than assent. – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009