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distinguishedadjective

uk   /dɪˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃt/  us   /dɪˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃt/
B2 used to ​describe a ​respected and ​admiredperson, or ​theirwork: a distinguished ​writer/​director/​politician a distinguished ​career
used to ​describe a ​person, ​especially an ​olderperson, who ​looksformal, ​stylish, or ​wise: I ​thinkgreyhair on a man can ​look very distinguished.
(Definition of distinguished from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​olderperson, might be ​described as being distinguished in ​appearance if the ​personlooksimportant and ​respected.
(Definition of distinguished from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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