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distingué

[dis-tang-gey, dih-stang-gey; French dee-stan-gey] /ˌdɪs tæŋˈgeɪ, dɪˈstæŋ geɪ; French di stɛ̃ˈgeɪ/
adjective
1.
having an air of distinction; distinguished.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < French, adj. use of past participle of distinguer to distinguish
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distingué

/distɛ̃ɡe/
adjective
1.
distinguished or noble
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Word Origin and History for distingue
adj.

"having an air of distinction," 1813 (in Byron), from French distingué, literally "distinguished," past participle of distinguer (see distinguish). The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces
With distingué traces
That used to be there -- You could see where they'd been washed away
By too many through the day
Twelve o'clock tales.

["Lush Life," Billy Strayhorn, age 17]

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