When something is distinct, it is easily identifiable or set apart from others of its kind. An eighth-grader who is six feet tall has a distinct advantage over the other kids on the basketball court.

A thing can be distinct if it is easy to see, either because it is different in some way from the things around it or if it is more clear and visible, as in: “The license number of the getaway car was more distinct once I cleaned my glasses.” The word distinct comes from “to distinguish,” which is when a person or thing is set apart from the pack: “The research that she did was distinct in its attention to detail.”

Definitions of distinct
  1. adjective
    constituting a separate entity or part
    “on two distinct occasions”
    synonyms: discrete
    independent; not united or joint
  2. adjective
    (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality
    “plants of several distinct types”
    “the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses”
    “gold is distinct from iron”
    “a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech”
    “management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees”
    synonyms: distinguishable
    unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
  3. adjective
    recognizable; marked
    “noticed a distinct improvement”
    synonyms: decided
    precise; explicit and clearly defined
  4. adjective
    easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
    “a distinct flavor”
    “a distinct odor of turpentine”
    “a distinct outline”
    “the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette”
    distinct fingerprints”
    readily apparent to the mind
    precise; explicit and clearly defined
    chiseled, well-defined
    having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges
    clean-cut, clear, clear-cut
    clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    crisp, sharp
    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
    distinctly or sharply outlined
    defined, outlined
    showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary
    having a sharp or distinct edge
    very clearly delineated
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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    not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
    not clear to the mind
    vague or not clearly defined or stated
    made dim or indistinct
    bleary, blurred, blurry, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, muzzy
    indistinct or hazy in outline
    cloudy, nebulose, nebulous
    lacking definite form or limits
    dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy
    lacking clarity or distinctness
    indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
    muted or unclear
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  5. adjective
    clearly or sharply defined to the mind
    “Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest”
    synonyms: clear-cut, trenchant
    readily apparent to the mind
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