Meaning of “distinguished” in the English Dictionary

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"distinguished" in British English

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distinguishedadjective

uk /dɪˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃt/ us /dɪˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃt/

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

"distinguished" in American English

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distinguishedadjective

us /dɪˈstɪŋ·ɡwɪʃt/

(of a person or a body of work) respected and admired for excellence:

He had a long and distinguished career as a diplomat.

A person, esp. an older person, might be described as being distinguished in appearance if the person looks important and respected.

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