Distant Definition

Having a gap or space between; separated.
Webster's New World
Far removed; remote.
Distant lands.
American Heritage
At a measured interval; away.
A town 100 miles distant.
Webster's New World
Widely separated; far apart or far away in space or time.
Webster's New World
Far apart in relationship; remote.
A distant cousin.
Webster's New World

Origin of Distant

  • Middle English distaunt from Old French from Latin distāns distant- present participle of distāre to be remote dis- apart dis– stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distans, present participle of distare (“to stand apart, be separate, distant, or different”), from di-, dis- (“apart”) + stare (“to stand”).

    From Wiktionary

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