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Noun: distinction  di'stingk-shun
  1. A discrimination between things as different and distinct
    "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation";
    - differentiation
     
  2. High status importance owing to marked superiority
    "a scholar of great distinction";
    - eminence, preeminence, note
     
  3. A distinguishing quality
    "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
     
  4. A distinguishing difference
    "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"

Derived forms: distinctions

Type of: difference, discrimination, high status, quality, secernment

Encyclopedia: Distinction