Pronunciation: (di-stingk'shun),[key] —n. 1. a marking off or distinguishing as different: His distinction of sounds is excellent. 2. the recognizing or noting of differences; discrimination: to make a distinction between right and wrong. 3. a discrimination made between things as different; special regard or favoritism: Death comes to all without distinction. 4. condition of being different; difference: There is a distinction between what he says and what he does. 5. a distinguishing quality or characteristic: It has the distinction of being the oldest house in the town. 6. a distinguishing or treating with special honor, attention, or favor.
7. an act of bestowing, or a mark of, honor or favor.
8. marked superiority; note; eminence.
9. distinguished appearance.
10. Obs.division; separation.