1. [ adjective ] (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation
Synonyms: great eminent

"our distinguished professor" "an eminent scholar" "a great statesman"

Related terms: important
2. [ adjective ] used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person
Synonyms: magisterial imposing

"his distinguished bearing" "the monarch's imposing presence" "she reigned in magisterial beauty"

Related terms: dignified
3. [ adjective ] set apart from other such things
Related terms: differentiated
Similar spelling:   distinguish