Meaning of “distant” in the English Dictionary

"distant" in British English

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uk /ˈdɪs.tənt/ us /ˈdɪs.tənt/

distant adjective (NOT CLOSE)

B2 far away:

a distant country
She could hear the distant sound of fireworks exploding.

C2 part of your family but not closely related:

a distant relative/cousin
in the distant past/future

far away in the past or future:

At some point in the distant future I would like to have my own house.
in the not-too-distant future

quite soon:

They plan to have children in the not-too-distant future.

More examples

  • In their little boat they planned to voyage to distant lands.
  • She heard the wind whistling through the trees and the howl of a distant wolf.
  • She said we were nearly there, but the island was still no more than a distant smudge on the horizon.
  • Looking southeastwards, they could see the distant mountains.
  • We could hear the rumble of distant thunder.

(Definition of “distant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"distant" in American English

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us /ˈdɪs·tənt/

far away in space or time:

She dreamed of traveling to distant lands.
We could hear the sound of distant thunder.

Someone whose manner is distant does not show much emotion and is not friendly.

(Definition of “distant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)