1. (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality

- plants of several distinct types

- the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses

- gold is distinct from iron

Similar word(s): different, distinguishable

2. easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined

- a distinct flavor

- a distinct odor of turpentine

- a distinct outline

Similar word(s): clear, definite, chiseled, clear, crisp, sharp, crystalline, defined, outlined, knifelike, precise

3. constituting a separate entity or part

- on two distinct occasions

Similar word(s): separate, discrete

4. recognizable; marked

- noticed a distinct improvement

- at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage

Similar word(s): definite, decided

5. clearly or sharply defined to the mind

- Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest

- trenchant distinctions between right and wrong

Similar word(s): clear, trenchant

Sentences with distinct as an adjective:

- Her voice was distinct despite the heavy traffic.

- Horses are distinct from zebras.

- Olga's voice is quite distinct because of her accent.