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English definition of “distinction”


noun (HIGH QUALITY)    /dɪˈstɪŋk.ʃən/
[U] the quality of being excellent: a writer/scientist/wine of distinctionQuality and standard [C] a mark given to students who produce work of an excellent standardMarks and results
(Definition of distinction noun (HIGH QUALITY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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