Definition of distinguished in US English:

distinguished

adjective

  • 1Successful, authoritative, and commanding great respect.

    ‘a distinguished American educationist’
    • ‘He's one of Australia's most distinguished academic economists.’
    • ‘Bernie, as she was known to her friends, had a very distinguished career in nursing.’
    • ‘Graduate students, junior faculty, senior distinguished professors all entered the lists on equal terms.’
    • ‘He was a distinguished scholar who had graduated from Manchester, Columbia and Oxford.’
    • ‘It also celebrates a distinguished female ethnomusicologist and her significant contribution to the field.’
    • ‘Luke published nearly 100 papers and eight books during his highly distinguished career.’
    • ‘One was Temple University, where I would have worked with a distinguished military historian.’
    • ‘A distinguished professor of constitutional law tells me he has stopped teaching the subject.’
    • ‘Milwaukee Ballet boosts attendance by performing with its own fine orchestra or distinguished guests.’
    • ‘The report was written in its entirety by a group of distinguished Arab scholars.’
    • ‘Three distinguished professors send this memo - Five Half-truths of Business - as a wake-up call.’
    • ‘Both schools produced noble and distinguished work in Renaissance music.’
    • ‘Many Swedish Americans have become distinguished in the field of science, especially in chemistry and physics.’
    • ‘Some people, however - even some very distinguished scientists - have taken a different view of things.’
    • ‘At the weekly seminars the graduates enjoyed the enlightening exchanges between these distinguished scholars.’
    • ‘A distinguished professor of agriculture has been selected to deliver the first Presidential University Lecture.’
    • ‘He is a knowledgeable scholar who went on to become one of rugby's most distinguished and successful medal winners.’
    • ‘I have the ultimate respect for the distinguished actor, but his Judy Garland red plastic clogs were nothing short of ridiculous.’
    • ‘Many distinguished scholars agree for the most part on the policy the justices made.’
    • ‘We will take a break and come back with more of our distinguished panel.’
    eminent, famous, famed, renowned, prominent, well known
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    1. 1.1 Showing dignity or authority in one's appearance or manner.
      ‘that hairstyle makes you look quite distinguished’
      • ‘"Hello, Matthew, " an equally distinguished looking woman joined the man.’
      • ‘For a more distinguished look, opt for gloves made of sheepskin.’
      • ‘It was large and sprawling with a distinguished statue here and there.’
      • ‘Iroka could tell by his manner and dress that he was a distinguished businessman.’
      • ‘True, his facial features are hardly delicate, but his white hair and beard lend him a distinguished, elegant appearance.’
      • ‘He's greying, but in a distinguished manner, at the temples and behind the ears.’
      • ‘He was impressively polished and distinguished looking and I felt as if I were developing a crush.’
      • ‘He was a distinguished looking gentleman, one of those men whose appearance improves with age and will always have a certain nobility.’
      • ‘As Rick says, the paper now has a distinguished European appearance.’
      • ‘The Princess had a distinguished face, thin and drawn, set off by long black uncombed hair and she wore a long dark gown down to her feet.’
      • ‘A goatee instantly adds an air of distinguished maturity to one's appearance.’
      • ‘Pietro appeared as a distinguished old man, thin, and well-dressed, even in temperament.’
      • ‘A distinguished looking news anchor appeared onto the screen, his hair as white as the script in his hand.’
      magnificent, splendid, grand, stately, imposing, dignified, proud, striking, impressive, majestic, glorious, marvellous, awe-inspiring, awesome, monumental, palatial, statuesque, heroic
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Pronunciation

distinguished

/dəˈstiNGɡwiSHt//dəˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt/