Definitions for distinctiondɪˈstɪŋk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•tinc•tiondɪˈstɪŋk ʃən(n.)

  1. a distinguishing as different.

  2. the recognizing of differences; discrimination:

    to make a distinction between right and wrong.

  3. a discrimination made between things as different:

    Death comes to all without distinction.

  4. the condition of being different; difference:

    the distinction between talk and action.

  5. a distinguishing quality:

    It has the distinction of being the oldest house in town.

  6. a distinguishing or treating with special honor, attention, or favor.

  7. marked superiority.

  8. distinguished appearance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. differentiation, distinction(noun)

    a discrimination between things as different and distinct

    "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

  2. eminence, distinction, preeminence, note(noun)

    high status importance owing to marked superiority

    "a scholar of great eminence"

  3. distinction(noun)

    a distinguishing quality

    "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"

  4. distinction(noun)

    a distinguishing difference

    "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. distinction(noun)ɪˈstɪŋk ʃən

    ≠ similarity

    no clear distinction between news and gossip; We make no distinction between our male and female employees.

  2. distinctionɪˈstɪŋk ʃən

    the quality of excellence, or sth that makes sb or sth excellent

    jewels of distinction

  3. distinctionɪˈstɪŋk ʃən

    be known for sth excellent

    Which actor has the distinction of winning the most Oscars?


  1. distinction(Noun)

    That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

  2. distinction(Noun)

    The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination

  3. distinction(Noun)

    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.

  4. Origin: From (12th century) distinction, from accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo. Used in English from the late 14th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distinction(noun)

    a marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division

  2. Distinction(noun)

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

  3. Distinction(noun)

    that which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good

  4. Distinction(noun)

    estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance

  5. Distinction(noun)

    conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction


  1. Distinction

    Distinction is a principle under international humanitarian law governing the legal use of force in an armed conflict, whereby belligerents must distinguish between combatants and civilians. Distinction and proportionality are important factors in assessing military necessity in that the harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated by an attack on a military objective.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2428

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Nouns Frequency: #939

Translations for distinction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the making of) a difference

He makes no distinction between male and female employees with regard to pay.

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