Definition of distinctive in US English:

distinctive

adjective

  • Characteristic of one person or thing, and so serving to distinguish it from others.

    ‘juniper berries give gin its distinctive flavor’
    • ‘We celebrate them as distinctive characteristics that set newspaper work apart.’
    • ‘They brew four different beers with very distinctive flavours.’
    • ‘Everything's in place here, but they could stand to find a more distinctive sound vocally.’
    • ‘The Philharmonic Hall itself has a very distinctive style.’
    • ‘All the studied species have diagnostic alleles in addition to morphologically distinctive characters.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the most distinctive features was the fresh, unsullied cuisine.’
    • ‘The setting is also a great way to introduce a lot of distinctive characters.’
    • ‘Some have distinctive markings on their heads and on their carapace, or upper shell.’
    • ‘Levine is an independent figure, standing apart from groups and movements, and his work is highly distinctive.’
    • ‘Students must learn to work more spontaneously, trusting the distinctive character of watercolor.’
    • ‘The instrumentals are all extremely well executed, each with its own distinctive flavour.’
    • ‘We all order the same dish, off a set menu, but in our individually distinctive voices.’
    • ‘If you don't have something distinctive to say, don't bother!’
    • ‘But none of them has made a record as distinctive as Boy in Da Corner.’
    • ‘The Saudis have in a very short while come up with their own highly distinctive style of management.’
    • ‘She has her own very distinctive style and the audience have really taken to her.’
    • ‘She considered such " glades " the most distinctive feature of the Nashville Basin.’
    • ‘All of these contribute to the distinctive flavour and aroma of the resultant wines.’
    • ‘The Pixies left behind them an impressive legacy; their highly distinctive sound was impossible to replicate.’
    • ‘The parables are one of the most distinctive features of the teaching of Jesus.’
    distinguishing, characteristic, typical, individual, particular, peculiar, idiosyncratic, differentiating, unique, exclusive, special, especial
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘serving to differentiate’): from late Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct- ‘distinguished’ (see distinct).

Pronunciation

distinctive

/dəˈstɪŋ(k)tɪv//dəˈstiNG(k)tiv/