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distinction

noun

  1. (discrimination)  a discrimination between things as different and distinct
    Synonyms: differentiation. Type of: discrimination
  2. (high status)  a high status importance owing to marked superiority
    Synonyms: eminence, eminency, note, pre-eminence, preeminence. Type of: high status
  3. (quality)  a distinguishing quality
    Type of: quality
  4. (difference)  a distinguishing difference
    Type of: difference

Etymology summary

"one of the parts into which something is divided"; mid-14th century as "action...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

distinction

the act or an instance of distinguishing or differentiating | a distinguishing feature | the state of being different or distinguishable | special ... (20 of 512 words, 7 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/distinction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural] | with/without distinction | without distinction of something

[countable] a difference between two things | [uncountable, formal] the excellent qualities, skills, or features that someone or something has | ... (19 of 273 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/distinction

Wikipedia:

Distinction [disambiguation]

may refer to: Two or more things being distinct from one another | Distinction (social), a social force that places different values on different individuals. (social, class, and style) | Distinction (law), a principle under international humanitarian... (35 of 237 words, 16 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Distinction

Merriam-Webster:

distinction | division [synonym, sense-specific] | class [synonym, sense-specific] | choiceness [synonym, sense-specific] | excellence [synonym, sense-specific] | excellency [synonym, sense-specific] | first-rateness [synonym, sense-specific] | greatness [synonym, sense-specific] | perfection [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "division" ; "class" [sense-specific] | the distinguishing of a difference ; also, the difference distinguished | something that ... (17 of 209 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/distinction

Oxford Dictionary:

distinction | distinction without a difference

a difference or contrast between similar things or people | the separation of people or things into different groups according to their ... (21 of 162 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/distinction

Random House Dictionary:

distinction

a marking off or distinguishing as different. | the recognizing or noting of differences; discrimination. | a discrimination made between things as ... (20 of 123 words, 10 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/distinction

New World Dictionary:

distinction

the act of making or keeping distinct; differentiation between or among things | the condition of being different; difference | that which makes or ... (22 of 87 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/distinction

Wiktionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural] | discrimination [synonym, sense-specific]

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 | specifically, a feature that causes someone or... (32 of 68 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/distinction

American Heritage Dictionary:

distinction

The act of distinguishing; differentiation. | The condition or fact of being dissimilar or distinct; difference | A distinguishing factor, attribute, ... (19 of 67 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/distinction

Cambridge Dictionary:

distinction [entry 1]

a difference between two similar things (6 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/distinction 1

distinction [entry 2]

the quality of being excellent | a mark given to students who produce work of an excellent standard (17 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/distinction 2

distinction [entry 3, singular]

the quality of being special or different (7 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/distinction 3

Encarta Dictionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural]

a difference between two or more people or things, or the recognition of such a difference | excellence in quality or talent | something done or given ... (25 of 113 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605452​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

distinction

First use: about 1200

Origin: "one of the parts into which something is divided"; mid-14th century as "action of distinguishing", from Old French distinction and directly ... (23 of 61 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=distinction

Wiktionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural]

Origin: Old French (12th century) distinction, from Latin accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo ("I distinguish"). Used in English from the late 14th century.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/distinction

Oxford Dictionary:

distinction

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "subdivision, category"): via Old French from Latin distinctio(n-), from the verb distinguere (see "distinguish")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/distinction

New World Dictionary:

distinction

Origin: Middle English distinccioun from Old French distinction from Latin distinctio from past participle of distinguere: see "distinguish"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/distinction

Audio references

Wiktionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "distinction"

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Collins Dictionary:

distinction

Audio: British English pronunciation of "distinction"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/distinction

Macmillan American Dictionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "distinction"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/distinction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "distinction"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/distinction

Cambridge Dictionary:

distinction [entry 3, singular]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "distinction"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "distinction"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/distinction 3

the Free Dictionary:

distinction

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "distinction"

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Google Dictionary:

distinction | distinctions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "distinction"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

distinction

Audio: North American pronunciation of "distinction"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=distin​04 word=distinction

YourDictionary Audio:

distinction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "distinction" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

distinction

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "distinction" by speech synthesizer

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