- Distinction is defined as the act of separating people or things into different groups, or the feature that differentiates or a special recognition.
- An example of a time when you make a distinction is when you separate good art from bad art.
- An example of distinction is when you are given an award for being an expert in your field.
distinction definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the act of making or keeping distinct; differentiation between or among things
- the condition of being different; difference
- that which makes or keeps distinct; quality, mark, or feature that differentiates
- the state of getting special recognition or honor; fame; eminence: a singer of distinction
- the quality that makes one seem superior or worthy of special recognition: to serve with distinction
- a mark or sign of special recognition or honor
Origin: Middle English distinccioun ; from Old French distinction ; from Classical Latin distinctio ; from past participle of distinguere: see distinguish
distinction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of distinguishing; differentiation.
- The condition or fact of being dissimilar or distinct; difference: “the crucial distinction between education and indoctrination” (A. Bartlett Giamatti). See Synonyms at difference.
- A distinguishing factor, attribute, or characteristic.
- a. Excellence or eminence, as of performance, character, or reputation: a diplomat of distinction.b. A special feature or quality conferring superiority.
- Recognition of achievement or superiority; honor: graduated with distinction.