Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a distinguishing difference
  2. (noun, attribute) a distinguishing quality
  3. (noun, cognition) a discrimination between things as different and distinct
  4. (noun, state) high status importance owing to marked superiority

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Synonyms of Distinction

differentiation, eminence, note, preeminence

Origin of the word Distinction

  1. mid-14c., "action of distinguishing," from L. distinctionem, from stem of distinguere (see distinguish). Meaning "excellence or eminence" (what distinguishes from others) is first recorded 1690s. more

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Words that sound like Distinction

dichotomisation, dichotomization

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