An example of distant used as an adjective is in the phrase "distant cousin," which means a person who is not a first cousin, but is a second, third, etc. cousin.
- having a gap or space between; separated
- widely separated; far apart or far away in space or time
- at a measured interval; away: a town 100 miles distant
- far apart in relationship; remote: a distant cousin
- cool in manner; aloof; reserved
- from or at a distance: a distant sound
- faraway or dreamy: a distant look
Origin of distantMiddle English distaunt from Classical Latin distans: see distance
- a. Separate or apart in space.b. Far removed; remote: distant lands.
- Coming from or going to a distance: a distant sound; a distant telephone call.
- Far removed or apart in time: the distant past; distant events.
- Far apart in relationship: a distant cousin.
- Minimally similar: a distant likeness.
- Far removed mentally: distant thoughts.
- Aloof or chilly: a distant smile.
Origin of distantMiddle English distaunt from Old French from Latin distāns distant- present participle of distāre to be remote dis- apart ; see dis- . stāre to stand ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more distant, superlative most distant)
- Far off (physically, logically or mentally).
- We heard a distant rumbling but didn't pay any more attention to it. She was surprised to find that her fiancé was a distant relative of hers. His distant look showed that he was not listening to me.
- Emotionally unresponsive or unwilling to express genuine feelings.
- Ever since the trauma she has been totally distant to me.