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[dih-streyt; French dees-tret] /dɪˈstreɪt; French disˈtrɛt/
(of a woman) inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.
Origin of distraite
1840-50; < French, feminine of distrait distrait Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She is sleepy enough, poor child, but cannot bear to desert Monica, who is strangely wakeful and rather silent and distraite.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • At length the door opens and she appears, looking pale and distraite.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Grace was lying on the sofa, languid and distraite, when he was announced.

  • I had only seen Lilla at meals, to find her shy and distraite.

    The Golden Magnet George Manville Fenn
  • Mrs. Bindle was silent, her manner was distraite, she was listening for the sound of Mr. Gupperduck's return.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Sally was distraite, and wasn't paying proper attention to the music.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • But it was plain that the girl was distraite, and I considered it best to waste no more time.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • She was distraite, indifferent to what was going on round her.

    Moth and Rust Mary Cholmondeley
  • She sat on thorns, and was so distraite she could hardly answer the simplest question.

  • In the midst of her greatest triumphs, however, she is often distraite.

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