Definition of distinguished in English:



  • 1Successful, authoritative, and commanding great respect.

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