Meaning of “distinct” in the English Dictionary

"distinct" in British English

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uk /dɪˈstɪŋkt/ us /dɪˈstɪŋkt/

distinct adjective (NOTICEABLE)

C1 [ before noun ] clearly noticeable; that certainly exists:

There's a distinct smell of cigarettes in here.

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  • The sales chart shows a distinct decline in the past few months.
  • There's a distinct possibility that I'll be asked to give a speech.
  • There has been a distinct improvement in Tim's cooking.
  • Plant growth is most distinct in spring and early summer.
  • In recent years there has been a distinct decline in such venerable British institutions as afternoon tea and the Sunday roast.
adverb uk /dɪˈstɪŋ us /dɪˈstɪŋ

I distinctly remember asking him.

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

"distinct" in American English

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us /dɪˈstɪŋkt/

distinct adjective (DIFFERENT)

clearly separate and different:

The two languages are quite distinct from each other.
The dogs are of distinct breeds.

distinct adjective (NOTICEABLE)

not to be ignored; real and present:

There’s a distinct possibility of rain today.
There were distinct advantages to the first job offer.

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