different[dif′ər ənt, dif′rənt]
- The definition of different is something that isn't the same, something that is out of the ordinary or something that is separate.
- An example of different is the color black compared to the color white.
- An example of different is a new movie that uses film techniques never used before.
- An example of different is someone from a family that isn't yours.
One pair of shoes is very different from the others.
- not alike; dissimilar: with from, or, esp. informally, than, and, in Brit. usage, to
- not the same; distinct; separate; other
- unlike most others; unusual
Origin of differentMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin differens: see difference
- Unlike in form, quality, amount, or nature; dissimilar: took different approaches to the problem.
- Distinct or separate: That's a different issue altogether.
- Various or assorted: interviewed different members of the community.
- Differing from all others; unusual: a different point of view.
In a different way or manner; otherwise: “Carol &ellipsis; didn't know different until Elinor told her” (Ben Brantley).
Origin of differentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin differēns, different-, present participle of differre, to differ; see differ.
(comparative more different, superlative most different)
- (not the same): Depending on dialect, time period, and register, the adjective different (“not the same”) may be construed with one of the prepositions from, to, and than, or with the subordinating conjunction than.
- Pleasure is different from/than/to happiness.
- It's different than (from what) I expected.
- (mathematics) The different ideal.