Definitions of distinction

  1. a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a scholar of great eminence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a distinguishing difference; "he learned the distinction between gold and lead" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a distinguishing quality; "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Difference; separateness; state of deserving special honor; eminence; fame. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Separation or division: that which distinguishes: difference: eminence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. A distinguishing mark or quality; a mark of honor; eminence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The act of distinguishing; discrimination. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. dis-tingk'shun, n. separation or division: that which distinguishes or gives distinction: difference: eminence: characteristic dignity and elegance of style: honourable treatment. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. n. making of a difference, discrimination, the difference made (d. without a difference, a merely nominal or artificial one); being different; thing that differentiates, mark, name, title; showing of special consideration, mark of honour; distinguished character, excellence, eminence; (of literary style) individuality. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Latin] Marking off by visible signs; separation;—exercise of discernment; discrimination;—distinguishing quality;—estimation of difference;—conspicuous station; honourable estimation; elevation in rank or character;—honorary mark or badge. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. Note of difference; honourable note of superiority; that by which one differs from another; division into different parts; notation of difference between things seemingly the same. Complete Dictionary