1. [ adjective ] (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality
Synonyms: distinguishable

"plants of several distinct types" "the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses" "management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees"

Related terms: different
2. [ adjective ] easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined

"a distinct flavor" "a distinct odor of turpentine" "a distinct outline" "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette" "distinct fingerprints"

Related terms: indistinct crisp chiseled chiseled clear razor-sharp defined knifelike crystalline clear precise definite
3. [ adjective ] constituting a separate entity or part
Synonyms: discrete

"a government with three discrete divisions" "on two distinct occasions"

Related terms: separate
4. [ adjective ] recognizable; marked
Synonyms: decided

"noticed a distinct improvement" "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage"

Related terms: definite
5. [ adjective ] clearly or sharply defined to the mind
Synonyms: clear-cut trenchant

"clear-cut evidence of tampering" "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest" "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong"

Related terms: clear
Similar spelling:   distinctly