from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent.
  • adj. Dignified in conduct or appearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. celebrated, well-known or eminent because of past achievements; prestigious
  • adj. Having a dignified appearance or demeanor
  • adj. Specified, noted.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of distinguish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked; special.
  • adj. Separated from others by distinct difference; having, or indicating, superiority; eminent or known; illustrious; -- applied to persons and deeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Separated by some mark of distinction: as, distinguished rank; distinguished abilities.
  • Possessing distinction; separated from the generality by superior abilities, achievements, character, or reputation; better known than others in the same class or profession; well known; eminent: as, a distinguished statesman, author, or soldier.
  • Synonyms Celebrated, Eminent, etc. (see famous); marked, conspicuous, excellent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person
  • adj. (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation


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  • The term distinguished is predicable indeed of each of the members, but of each in a different sense.

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  • The term distinguished between God’s ordination of Israel for unstated reasons of His own—reasons which the Jews spent millennia trying to parse—and, on the other hand, a clear destiny that Americans could readily perceive—our geography, our system of government, our generosity and natural bounty.

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  • The list is long and distinguished

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