1. [ adjective ] separated in space or time or coming from or going to a distance

"the distant past" "distant villages" "the sound of distant traffic" "a distant sound" "a distant telephone call"

Related terms: close away deep out-of-town out-of-town extreme yonder far-flung nonadjacent far-flung distance
2. [ adjective ] far apart in relevance or relationship

"a distant cousin" "a distant likeness"

Related terms: close loosely_knit remote ulterior removed faraway
3. [ adjective ] far distant in time
Synonyms: remote removed

"distant events" "the remote past or future" "a civilization ten centuries removed from modern times"

Related terms: far
4. [ adjective ] remote in manner
Synonyms: aloof upstage

"stood apart with aloof dignity" "a distant smile" "he was upstage with strangers"

Related terms: reserved
5. [ adjective ] far distant in space
Synonyms: remote removed

"distant lands" "remote stars" "a remote outpost of civilization" "a hideaway far removed from towns and cities"

Related terms: far
Similar spelling:   distantly