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[n] a distinguishing difference; "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
[n] a distinguishing quality; "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
[n] a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
[n] high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a scholar of great eminence"

Misc. Definitions

\Dis*tinc"tion\, n. [L. distinctio: cf. F. distinction.]
1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. [Obs.] The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known. --Dryden.
2. The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination. To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite. --Hooker.
3. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good. The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter. --Locke.
4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance. Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall. --Dryden.
5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction. Your country's own means of distinction and defense. --D. Webster. Syn: Difference; variation, variety; contrast; diversity; contrariety; disagreement; discrimination; preference; superiority; rank; note; eminence.

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