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Meaning of “distinction” in the English Dictionary

"distinction" in British English

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distinctionnoun

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

B2 [C or U] a ​difference between two ​similar things: There's a clear distinction between the ​dialectsspoken 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 ​commentdrew/made a ​false distinction between ​domestic and ​foreignaffairs, which are really ​closelyrelated. [U] Martin Luther King, Jr. ​clearlyunderstood and ​accepted the distinction between ​preaching and ​scholarlycriticism.
  • 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] honorobtained or given because of ​excellence: Winning a Guggenheim ​fellowshipcarriesgreat distinction.
(Definition of distinction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “distinction”
in Arabic تَمايُز…
in Korean 차이…
in Portuguese distinção…
in Catalan diferència, distinció…
in Japanese 相違…
in Chinese (Simplified) 区别, 区别,差别,不同…
in Turkish ayrılık, fark, ayrım…
in Russian различие, известность, почесть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 區別, 區別,差別,不同…
in Italian distinzione…
in Polish różnica, rozróżnienie, szczególna cecha…
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