1350-1400;Middle English < Latindistinctus, past participle of disting(u)ere to divide off, pick out, distinguish (di-di-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick, mark by pricking; cf. instinct1, instigate)
1. individual. See various. 3. well-defined, unconfused.
late 14c., originally past participle of distincten (c.1300) "to distinguish," from Old French distincter, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere (see distinguish). Related: Distinctness.