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"distinction" in British English

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distinctionnoun

uk   /dɪˈstɪŋk.ʃən/  us   /dɪˈstɪŋk.ʃən/
  • distinction noun (DIFFERENCE)

B2 [C or U] a difference between two similar things: There's a clear distinction between the dialects spoken in the two regions. This company makes no distinction between the sexes.

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

"distinction" in American English

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distinctionnoun

 us   /dɪˈstɪŋk·ʃən/
  • distinction noun (DIFFERENCE)

[C/U] a difference between two similar things: [C] The comment drew/made a false distinction between domestic and foreign affairs, which are really closely related. [U] Martin Luther King, Jr. clearly understood and accepted the distinction between preaching and scholarly criticism.
  • distinction noun (QUALITY)

[U] the quality of being excellent or special in some way: He was a scientist of great distinction.
  • distinction noun (HONOR)

[C] honor obtained or given because of excellence: Winning a Guggenheim fellowship carries great distinction.
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