distinction · noun /dɪˈstɪŋ.ʃən/Full view
distinction (DIFFERENCE)
B2 C or U a difference between two similar things
Dictionary examples:

the distinction between spoken and written language

There's a clear distinction between the dialects spoken in the two regions.

Learner example:

You must be able to make [a] distinction between wild and feroc[ious] species and small animals. (First Certificate in English; B2; Dutch)

distinction (QUALITY)
C2 U a quality or fact that makes someone or something special or different
Dictionary examples:

He is a scientist of great distinction.

He has the distinction of being the youngest player in the World Cup finals.

Learner example:

In the end what really made her so suc[c]essful was her famous Tailleur sign of elegance and distinction and her well-known perfume, Chanel no. 5. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Italian)

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