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far off or apart in space; not near at hand; remote or removed (often followed by from ): a distant place; a town three miles distant from here.
apart or far off in time: distant centuries past.
remote or far apart in any respect: a distant relative.
reserved or aloof; not familiar or cordial: a distant greeting.
arriving from or going to a distance, as a communication, journey, etc.: I have here a distant letter from Japan.

1350–1400; Middle English dista(u)nt (< Anglo-French) < Latin distant- (stem of distāns, present participle of distāre to stand apart), equivalent to di- di-2 + stā- stand + -nt- present participle suffix

distantly, adverb
distantness, noun
overdistant, adjective
overdistantly, adverb
quasi-distant, adjective
quasi-distantly, adverb
ultradistant, adjective
undistant, adjective
undistantly, adverb

4. cool, withdrawn.
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distant (ˈdɪstənt)
1.  far away or apart in space or time
2.  (postpositive) separated in space or time by a specified distance
3.  apart in relevance, association, or relationship: a distant cousin
4.  coming from or going to a faraway place: a distant journey
5.  remote in manner; aloof
6.  abstracted; absent: a distant look
[C14: from Latin distāre to be distant, from dis-1 + stāre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. distant (14c.), from L. distantem, prp. of distare (see distance).
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