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



    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃt//
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  1. 1very successful and admired by other people a distinguished career in medicine
  2. 2having an appearance that makes somebody look important or that makes people admire or respect them I think grey hair makes you look very distinguished.
  3. Extra examples The college has a very distinguished academic record. He has had a long and distinguished career in medicine. His eldest brother was the distinguished mathematician and geologist John Playfair. Wales has a long and distinguished tradition of choral singing.
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