Pronunciation: (di-stingk'shun), [key]
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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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