An example of distinct is an identity separate from that of your twin.
- not alike; different
- not the same; separate; individual
- clearly perceived or marked off; clear; plain: a distinct image
- well-defined; unmistakable; definite: a distinct success
- Old Poet. decorated or variegated
Origin of distinctMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere: see distinguish
- Readily distinguishable from all others; discrete: on two distinct occasions.
- Easily perceived by the senses: a distinct flavor.
- Clearly defined; unquestionable: at a distinct disadvantage.
Origin of distinctMiddle English past participle of distincten to distinguish, discern from Old French destincter from Latin distīnctus past participle of distinguere to distinguish ; see distinguish .
Usage Note: A thing is distinct if it is sharply distinguished from other things; a property or attribute is distinctive if it enables us to distinguish one thing from another. There are two distinct colors on the face of the Canada goose means that the two colors are clearly different from each other, while There are two distinctive colors on the face of the Canada goose means that the two colors are different from colors found on the faces of other birds, and the Canada goose may be identified by these two colors.
(comparative more distinct, superlative most distinct)
- Capable of being perceived very clearly.
- Her voice was distinct despite the heavy traffic.
- Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from").
- Horses are distinct from zebras.
- Noticeably different from others; distinctive.
- Olga's voice is quite distinct because of her accent.
- Separate in place; not conjunct or united; with from.