English - Etymology
From Middle English distingwen, from Old French distinguer, from Latin distinguere (“to separate, divide, distinguish, set off, adorn, literally mark off”), from di- for dis- (“apart”) + stinguere; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish.
English - Pronunciation
- enPR: dĭs-tĭng'gwĭsh, IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɪŋɡwɪʃ/
- Rhymes: -ɪŋɡwɪʃ
English - Verb
- To see someone or something as different from others.
- To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
To make oneself noticeably different
or better from others through accomplishments.
1784: William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c., PREFACE
- THE favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the firſt diſtinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and diſtinguiſh it from others; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.
- 1784: William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c., PREFACE
- (transitive, obsolete) To make to differ.