- 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.
- 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 of distinctionMiddle English distinccioun ; from Old French distinction ; from Classical Latin distinctio ; from past participle of distinguere: see distinguish
- a. The act of distinguishing; differentiation: economists making an ongoing distinction between domestic and foreign markets.b. 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 legal system blind to distinctions of race, gender, and class.
- a. Excellence or eminence, as of performance, character, or reputation: a diplomat of distinction.b. A special quality or accomplishment conferring uniqueness or honor: has the distinction of being the tallest in his class.c. Recognition of achievement or superiority; honor: graduated with distinction.d. An award or honor given to someone for outstanding achievement: won many distinctions while in the military.
- That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
- The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.
- There is a distinction to be made between resting and slacking.
- Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.
- She had the distinction of meeting the Queen.
From Old French (12th century) distinction, from Latin accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo (“I distinguish”). Used in English from the late 14th century.