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distinguished

[dih-sting-gwisht] /dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃt/
adjective
1.
made conspicuous by excellence; noted; eminent; famous:
a distinguished scholar.
Synonyms: renowned, illustrious.
2.
having an air of distinction, dignity, or eminence:
a distinguished old gentleman.
3.
conspicuous; marked.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; distinguish + -ed2
Related forms
distinguishedly, adverb
nondistinguished, adjective
well-distinguished, adjective
Can be confused
distinctive, distinguishable, distinguished.
Synonym Study
1. See famous.
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British Dictionary definitions for welldistinguished

distinguished

/dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt/
adjective
1.
noble or dignified in appearance or behaviour
2.
eminent; famous; celebrated
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Word Origin and History for welldistinguished

distinguished

adj.

c.1600, "separate," past participle adjective from distinguish. Sense of "famous, celebrated," recorded from 1714; meaning "having an air of distinction" is from 1748.

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