|1.||[ noun ] (psychology) a discrimination between things as different and distinct|
"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
|Related terms:||discrimination line contradistinction hairsplitting distinguish differentiate|
|2.||[ noun ] high status importance owing to marked superiority|
|Synonyms:||eminence note preeminence|
"a scholar of great eminence"
|Related terms:||high_status king|
|3.||[ noun ] a distinguishing quality|
"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
|4.||[ noun ] a distinguishing difference|
: "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
|Related terms:||difference difference|