Here is a comparison of distinct and different to help you understand the difference between these two synonyms.

DISTINCT

DIFFERENT

Meaning

distinguished as not being the samenot alike in character or quality

Etymology

Distinct is etymologically related to distincten “to distinguish”.Different is etymologically related to differre “to set apart”.

Modern Usage

Distinct suggests different identity, although the things might be similar in other ways. It stresses that the two qualities are not the same although they might have similarities.Different is opposite of alike and thus it applies to things that are not alike. It stresses on individuality. 

Sentence Example

I can easily recognize the distinct smell of those flowers.The crime was witnessed by five different people.

Also Means

  • unquestionably exceptional or notable: a distinct honour.
  •  not ordinary; unusual: the food tastes different.

 

 

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