Meaning of “distinctive” in the English Dictionary

"distinctive" in British English

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uk /dɪˈstɪŋk.tɪv/ us /dɪˈstɪŋk.tɪv/

C1 Something that is distinctive is easy to recognize because it is different from other things:

a distinctive smell/taste
She's got a very distinctive voice.

More examples

  • The whale has a very distinctive call.
  • a team that plays a distinctive brand of football
  • The band's sound is a distinctive mixture of funk and rap.
  • Mars is sometimes called the Red Planet because of its distinctive colour.
  • The unusual-looking leaves give the plant its distinctive appearance.
adverb uk /dɪˈstɪŋk.tɪ us /dɪˈstɪŋk.tɪ
noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈstɪŋk.tɪv.nəs/ us /dɪˈstɪŋk.tɪv.nəs/

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

"distinctive" in American English

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us /dɪˈstɪŋk·tɪv/

marking something as clearly different from others:

a distinctive flavor/writing style
adverb /dɪˈstɪŋ·tɪv·li/

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