Definition of distinctive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪŋktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪŋktɪv//
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having a quality or characteristic that makes something different and easily noticed synonym characteristic clothes with a distinctive style The male bird has distinctive white markings on its head. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘serving to differentiate’): from late Latin distinctivus, from Latin distinct- ‘distinguished’, from the verb distinguere, from dis- ‘apart’ + stinguere ‘put out’.Extra examples Each district of the city has its own distinctive character. Good diagrams are the book’s most distinctive feature. She heard the distinctive sounds of a Siamese cat. The car was silver with distinctive red stripes. The herb has a strong, distinctive, celery-like flavour. The kidnapper had a fairly distinctive voice with a Scottish accent. The male bird has distinctive black and white markings on the head. There was nothing distinctive about the envelope in which the letter came.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: distinctive